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Communications and Journalism

Recommendations for communications research.

Books on Public Relations

The easiest way to find books on issues relating to public relations in the library is by checking OneSearch, our library catalog. Each book listed in the catalog also has a number of subject headings assigned to it. If you click on the subject link for a book, you can find more books on that same subject. If you are looking for a place to begin your research, please consider our PR reference collection (see below). 

Books on PR will likely be found under some of the subject headings below. Try entering some of the terms below into a search and you'll find many titles. The list here is not exhaustive, but intended to give you a place to start while searching. Subjects with more titles are bolded.


Corporations -- Public Relations Corporate Image Crisis Management Customer Relations Customer Relations -- Management
Internet in public relations Internet in publicity Lobbying Persuasion (Psychology) Propaganda
Public Opinion Public Relations Publicity  Social Media Social responsibility of business


If you would like to browse the collection, here are some potentially relevant call numbers in the area of public relations. 

6th Floor:

  • HD 49-49.5: Crisis Management -- Emergency Management
  • HD 58.7-58.95: Organizational Behavior
  • HD 59-59.6: Public Relations (Management)
  • HD 60-60.5: Social Responsibility of Business
  • HM 263: Public Relations (Social Psychology)

7th Floor: 

  • P 87-96: Mass Media (Communications)

Public Relations Reference Works

Below are a few of our specific recommended titles for researchers looking for information on public relations in America and abroad. Except where noted, the titles below can all be found in the reference section (2nd Floor, behind the reference desk) of the Library. 

Find Industry Information

A number of our databases will help you find extensive information on many industries.

Find Company Information

A number of our databases will help you find extensive information on specific companies. The Find Industry Information databases (see box above) may also be helpful if you are looking for a specific company. 

Public Relations Web Resources