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Guide to materials for communication and audio visual studies

Use this guide is a starting point for finding information either from library resources or through selected web sites from the appropriate Subject Internet Gateway. Please select an option below.

Subject Support Liaison Librarian

The library liaison for Humanities is Niamh Walker-Headon BA, MSc LIS, ALAI.

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Find Materials in the Library

  • Use the library online catalogue to check what books, journals, videos, student projects etc. are in the library
  • My Library Account tells you view what items you have on loan, here you can place requests for items on loan to by another user & view your own loans.
  • The library's Electronic resources provide access to: full text peer reviewed journal articles, abstracts, conferences and standards.
  • The Internet is also a source of information.  To assist you we have selected some web-sites and search portals for your subject area on the Subject Portals. These contain links to Subject Internet Gateways which list preselected links to web pages, so you don't have to do the searching.
If you require assistance, contact your Subject Librarian


Journals for this subject area are available in both print and electronic formats.

Print copies are available in the library journal area to the left of the library entrance.

Electronic journals are available:

Relevant Databases & Electronic Resources

These are listed on the Humanities Subject Portal, the Media and Communications Internet Gateway and the Film and Television Internet Gateway.

Useful web sites & Professional Organizations

are available via the Subject Internet Gateways .

Relevant Class Numbers

Class numbers are used to shelve library items in numerical order. Each number represents a subject. All the books on the same subject should be found together. Normally we will have added the first three letters of the surname of author to the class number, to make them easier to find.

Just follow the signage until you reach the number you require, and then follow the numbers on the spines of the books until you find the book you want.

Topic -Media Studies Class Numbers
Computer Application 005.369
Cultural Studies 306
Electronics 641.351
Film Studies 791.437
Graphic Design 741.6
Marketing Communications 658.082
Mass Communications 302.23
Media Law 343.14099
Multimedia 006.7
Radio Production 791.44
The Internet 384.3
TV Production 791.45
Film Producers 791.43
Topic -Photography Class Numbers
Photography 770
Photojournalism 070.49
Photographers 770.9
Photographic Chemicals 771.5
Photographic Techniques 771
Photographs - Portraits 779
Photographs 770
Specific Fields in Photography 778
Photomontage 778.8
Digital Photography 775
Topic -Communications Practice Class Numbers
Business Communications 651
Dissertation/Thesis Writing 808.02
Oral Communication 302.2242
Presentation Skills 658.452
Photographic Techniques 771
Report Writing 808
Script Writing 808.23
Technical Writing 808.066
Communication 651.7
Topic - Other Related Subjects Class Numbers
The Arts 700
Information Technology 004
Office Skills 651
Sociology 301
Languages 400's
Literature 800's
History 940-999
Gender Studies 338.9
Economic Systems 330.12
European History - General 940
History of the British Isles and Ireland 941-942
History of Central Europe incl. Germany 943
History of France 944
History of Italy 945
History of Spain 946
History of Eastern Europe incl. Russia 947
History of Scandinavia 948
History of Other Parts of Europe 949
Ancient History 930

Reference Materials

This material is located in the reference section of the library, near the library desk.

This material cannot be removed from the library.

Title Class Number
New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Ref 330.0321
International Law Dictionary Ref 340
Oxford Encyclopaedic English Dictionary Ref 423
Oxford Duden German Dictionary Ref 433
Oxford Hachette French Dictionary Ref 443.21
Oxford English-Italian/Italian-English Dictionary Ref 453
Collins Spanish Dictionary Ref 463.21
Foclóir Gaeilge/Béarla Ref 491.62
Lettres Européennes Ref 800
Oxford Companion to English Literature Ref 809.03
Deutsche Literature Geschichte Ref 830
Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture Ref 941.5
Chronology of Irish History since 1500 Ref 941.50202
Dictionary of Contemporary Germany Ref 943.0879
Encyclopaedia of Contemporary French Culture Ref 944.0803 HUG
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