The International Encylopedia of Communications is now available online to the Penn community. You can find it posted on the Annenberg Library home page under “Other E-Resources.” The library also subscribes to the print version but the great thing about IEC online in addition to it being available 24/7 and more easily searchable, is that it’s “alive.” Editors anticipate several updates a year with new articles and features.
Jointly published with the International Communications Association, IEC is the definitive reference work for the field. Features include: 1,339 newly-commissioned A-Z entries, divided into 29 editorial areas representing major fields of inquiry, each of which is headed by a leading expert in the field, sophisticated cross-referencing and search facilities and a lexicon by subject area, and advanced search capabilities. Editorial areas include communication theory and philosophy, interpersonal communication, journalism, intercultural and intergroup communication, media effects, strategic communication/PR, communication and media law and policy, media systems in the world, and communication and technology.