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Communication Theory

Information about theories in communication, literature reviews on theories, researching articles that use specific theories.

Find research that employs a theory

Strategy:  Use OneSearch to search anywhere in the article for the theory name.  Add author's name to help focus. 

Articles will likely mention the theory if it is a deliberate part of the research perspective.  We are not looking for things here ABOUT the theory as we are for articles that USE the theory.



  • Keep your research question very general.
search strategy with general question and theory
  • Try adding the names of the theory's authors but as a keyword, especially if theory name is generic.
search strategy with question, theory, and author