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MCOM 3327 (Osei-Hwere): Media Communication Law

Mass Media Law

Online Books - Unlimited Users

Want to jump-start your research?  Use the online catalog or search the eBook Collection database to find titles such as:

  • Privileging the Press: Confidential Sources, Journalism Ethics and the First Amendment
  • Journalism Ethics by Court Decree: The Supreme Court on the Proper Practice of Journalism
  • Democracy, Inc: The Press and Law in the Corporate Rationalization of the Public Sphere
  • Freeing the Presses: The First Amendment in Action
  • Courting the Media Contemporary Perspectives on Media and Law
  • Communication Law in America
  • The Social Media Reader

Reference Books - Legal

Most of the books below are located in the Reference Collection on the 1st floor of the library.  Reference books cannot be checked out.

American Jurisprudence 2d
  • An encyclopedia of United States law
  • Print last updated May 2003 
  • Online in Westlaw Campus, but no index volumes (only Table of Contents)
  • KF 75 .A47 1962 Ref.
 Black’s Law Dictionary
  • Also available on Westlaw Campus home page!
  • KF 156 .B53 Ref. (various editions) 
Code of Federal Regulations (print and online)
  • Has federal rules and regulations of executive departments and agencies
  • Easier to use in print than online
  • AE 2.106/3:29/ (Government Documents – Reference – 2d floor)
Federal Register (microfiche and online)
  • A daily publication of rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, including executive orders
 Legal Research:  How to Find & Understand the Law.  Nolo Press.
  • KF 240 .E35 2012 Ref.
Texas Administrative Code
  • Has Texas state agency rules
Texas Jur III
  • An encyclopedia of Texas law
  • KFT 1280 .T490 Ref.
United States Code Annotated
  • Has United States laws
  • KF 62 1927 .W45 Ref.
Vernon’s Texas Codes Annotated/Vernon’s Annotated Revised Civil Statutes
  • Has Texas laws
  • KFT 1230.5 V4 Ref.

CRS Reports

The Congressional Research Service:

  • is the non-partisan policy research arm of the United States Congress
  • has been a component of the Library of Congress since 1914
  • produces documents at the request of and for the use of members of Congress
  • only recently started providing direct public access to its reports
  • can Google "crs report" and topic to find some reports

Sample reports:

More information and list of reputable web sites with reports at Congressional Research Service