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    Communication: is it a lost art?

    Throughout time it seems as though the human race has always had a hard time communicating with each other. Whether it is a thousand years ago or just yesterday, there is always something that ends up getting missed in our daily lives that we had good intentions of telling another person. Communication is a tricky thing for certain because sometimes it’s hard to read other people that you come into contact with. However, there are definitely some tips and tricks that people can use in order to become a better communicator.

    If this is an area that you have problems with then the Daviess County Public Library is a good place to start looking for books on this subject. In performing a general keyword search on communication and narrowing the field to adult non-fiction books only, I was able to pull up a list of at least 451 books alone on the subject. Now, I will tell you that not all of these books will be on human communication necessarily as there are many different types of communication too. So, here in a nutshell are the different types of communication headings that we have in our adult non-fiction collection that can be accessed in book format:

    • Interpersonal communication: 109 items
    • Business communication: 67 items
    • Human-animal communication: 30 items
    • Communication in families: 33 items
    • Communication in marriage: 41 items

    As you can see, the Daviess County Public Library has quite a collection of books on the subject of communication. In addition to the books that we own in our collection, we also have quite a few magazines and a few databases that would give the public access to more literature on this dynamic and ever-evolving subject.

    If you happen to be working on an academic paper involving communication then we have access to the Kentucky Virtual Library and to all the various databases that are under this umbrella. All you have to do is go to our website at  and then click on Online Resources. Once you are on this page, then you will click on the link for Kentucky Virtual Library and type in your 14-digit library barcode from the back of your library card. Once you have done this and you are on the next page, then you will click on log in from home and enter in the user id and password for the site. (This information is available from the Information Services desk by calling 270-684-0211 Ext. 4).

    Now that you are on the Kentucky Virtual Library site, you may click on any number of databases in the center of the page including: EBSCOHost, Academic Search Premier, Proquest, WorldCat, etc. EBSCOHost will probably be your best bet for finding articles on communication though, so I would recommend looking in this area first. However, if you want to peruse the other databases, please feel free to do so as they are part of our subscription access through the state of Kentucky.

    Obviously, the Daviess County Public Library has a variety of items to choose from when it comes to improving your methods and modes of communication. All you have to do is drop by and check out our holdings.


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