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CMST 230 Small Group Communication: Choosing a Topic

This guide will assist students in CMST 230 with their research assignments.

Choosing an Art Form


1984 cover
Inception film poster
Johnny Cash music CD cover
Cowboy Bebop poster
Body Art
Klimt - 'The Kiss' painting
Graphic Arts


Print Magazines

Rolling Stone cover

Browse the current issue of the following magizines for topic ideas:

  • Artforum international
  • ARTnews.
  • American Photo
  • Communication Arts
  • Print
  • Rolling Stone

and many more available at the Library in the Periodical Collection...

Additional Research Resources

Check out STEP 1: Develop a Topic from our complete Step-By-Step Guide to Library Research:

Developing a Topic

Encyclopedia of Popular Culture coverA successful topic is one that interests you personally and one that you want to learn more about. Browse for topic ideas and gather background information using...

  • reference books
  • magazines
  • electronic reference sources

Suggested Reference Books for Topic Ideas

Browse the Shelves

Browse the shelves for books related to the arts....

  • 391's:  costume
  • 641's:  cooking/baking
  • 646's:  clothing/sewing
  • 740's: drawing & decorative arts
  • 750's: painting
  • 760's: graphic arts
  • 770's: photography
  • 780's: music
  • 790's: performing arts (including film)