I want to riff off a news item from Penn Libraries News earlier this Spring posted by the Social Science Bibliographer and my good colleague Lauris Olson on the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition. Aavailable to the Penn community online, online (James D. Wright, editor-in-chief, 26 volumes, Elsevier, 2015) this second edition is, as Lauris explains, a “14-year update to a reference work whose first edition was called by its reviewers, ‘the largest corpus of knowledge about the social and behavioral sciences in existence’ and “the atomic bomb of reference works.’” While there are a few “legacy articles” in the second edition, most of the articles are updated or totally rewritten.
There are over 50 general subject areas in which once can find communication or communication-related topics distributed. I only had to mine a few sections–Anthropology, Applied Social and Behavioral Sciences, Contemporary Cultural Concerns–to come up with the following examples: Internet and Social Media: Anthropological Aspects; Organizational Culture: Anthropology of; Popular Culture; Cyberbullying; New Media, Political Mobilization, and the Arab Spring; Oral and Literate Expression; Oversharing: The Eclipse of Privacy in the Internet Age; Surveillance Studies; Tattoos and Body Modification; Social network analysis, Systematic reviewing and meta-analysis. The most consolidated area for the field can be found in Media Studies and Mass Communication. Articles in this section: Advertising Agencies; Advertising and Advertisements; Advertising, Control of; Advertising effects; Advertising: General; Agenda Setting, Media Effects on; Audience Measurement; Audiences, Media; British Cultural Studies; Broadcasting: Regulation; Celebrity; Citizen Journalism; Communication, Twostep Flow of; Community and Media; Computer Mediated Communication; Documentary and Ethnographic Film; Entertainment, Film and Video Industry; Film History; Film: Genres and Genre Theory; Freedom of the Press; Hegemony and Cultural Resistance; Human–Computer Interfaces; Identity Offline and Online; Information Society; International Advertising, International Communication: History; Journalism; Journalism and Journalists; Libraries; Mass Communication: Normative Frameworks; Mass Media and Cultural Identity; Mass Media and Sports; Mass Media, Political Economy of; Mass Media, Representations in; Mass Media: Introduction and Schools of Thought; Media and Social Movements; Media Effects; Media Effects on Children; Media Events; Media Imperialism; Media Talk Shows; Mobile Communication; Moral Panics; Narrative, Sociology of; New Media and Democracy in the Arab World; New Media and Social Capital; New Media and the Digital Divide; New Media, News Production and Consumption; News Interview; News: General; Online Dating; Photography as a Medium; Political Advertising; Political Communication; Postal Systems; Printing as a Medium; Public Broadcasting; Public Sphere and the Media; Publishing as Medium; Radio as a Medium; Religion and New Media; Reputation; Rhetorical Analysis; Science and Media; Science Communication; Semiotics; Social Media, Social Protest and New Media; Telegraph; Telephone; Television: General; Television: History; Terror and the Internet; Textbooks; Visual Images in the Media.