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ACRL/EBSS Library Resources for Communication Studies (LRCS)


This subject guide presents resources for researching the range of topics related to media ethics. Ethical practice in journalism encompasses issues such as source selection and identification, coverage of minorities, privacy, and conflict of interest. Avoiding actual or perceived bias is another of these issues. With the expansion of social media communication patterns, ethical considerations are as important as ever. The emphasis for this guide is on Media Ethics within the Communication disciplines; however, some broader works are recognized as well.

Current Page Editor: Molly Strothmann

Subjects and Keywords

Recognizing that database providers do not always include LC subject terms in their thesauri, consider starting with broad base terms and then narrowing with other concepts or related terms. Some of the terms listed below are LC subject terms and are linked to a WorldCat search.

Broad terms:

Consider building a search with these base terms:

  • Journalism (use truncation symbols to include journalists, journalistic, etc.)
  • Mass Media
  • Press
  • Social Media (use specific media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Specific Media type such as television, film, radio, newspapers, online, or Internet
  • Specific Subject Area, e.g. science. "Communication in [subject area]" is an LC subject term template. Other subject areas include but are not limited to Architecture, Education, Medicine, Music, Politics, and The Social Sciences.

Narrow by combining additional concepts with base term:

  • Moral and Ethical Aspects
  • Objectivity
  • Policy
  • Political Aspects
  • Social Aspects

Example searches: [Social Media moral and ethical aspects]; [Mass Media (Policy OR political aspects)]

Related terms:

Please consult the Library of Congress subject headings for more ideas.

Codes of Ethical Conduct

Articles and Commentary

Handbooks and Encyclopedias

Open Educational Resources (OERs)