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Communication: COMM 130

This guide contains information about resources for communication studies.


1. List three communication objectives or goals you want to achieve (i.e. information you want to learn about your interpersonal communication within this relationship, and in what areas do you want to improve in order to become a more competent and more cognitively complex communicator) as you examine the development of this significant relationship.  Please be specific and make sure your objective/goal is related to a specific aspect of communication that you have learned/read about thus far in this class.

2. Find at least one scholarly source (in addition to your textbook) that provides you with more information that will help you to accomplish your objectives/goals. Your sources should be within the last seven years.  To cite your sources in the paper use in-text citations using the APA format.

  1. Relationship Development: A. why we form relationships (attraction, similarity, differences, proximity, etc.); B. stages of escalating and deescalating relationships, e.g. impact self-concept has on intimacy; C. how dialectical tensions function in this relationship
  2. Communication Patterns/Behaviors in the Relationship: A. the role self-disclosure plays; B. how the influences on emotional expression have affected your communication; C. In what situations do you listen mindfully and in which do you listen mindlessly; D. What role does metacommunication play
  3. Communication Climate of the Relationship: A. overall communication climate; B. types of conflict that typically occur; overall level of satisfaction in the relationship

Finding Scholarly Sources for your Research Paper

What type of sources are "academic"?

Other selection criteria

  • Sources must be published during the last 7 years

Reminder: Sources must be cited using the APA format


Sample Search

Example: I want to find a source on how self-concept effects intimacy or self-disclosure in relationships.

OneSearch: (To log into our databases off-campus you'll need to use your email or Canvas login.)
Search most of Skyline Library's article databases and book catalog to find a wide range of articles from academic journals, popular magazines, newspapers and reference sources, e-books & other documents, plus print books available in the library.

Advanced Search

"interpersonal communication" OR "interpersonal relations"

self-concept OR "self esteem" OR "self perception"

intimacy OR "self disclosure"

  • Click on the link above to access the Search box on the library home page
  • To search for more than one "concept", click on Advanced Search below the Search box.
  • In each search box, type the search word(s) for a separate concept.
  • Type an OR between synonymous words for the same concept.
  • Use quote marks (“ ”) around search phrases (multiple words that should be searched together), e.g. “death penalty

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