As the telecommunication and information field expands and becomes more varied, so do publications about these technologies and industries. This book is a first attempt to provide a general guide to that wealth of English-language publications -- both books and periodicals -- on all aspects of telecommunication. It is a comprehensive, evaluative sourcebook for telecommunications research in the United States that brings together a topically-arranged, cross-referenced, and indexed volume in one place. The information provided is only available by consulting a succession of different directories, guides, bibliographies, yearbooks, and other resources.
On the one hand, it is a directory that describes in detail the major entities that comprise the American telecommunication research infrastructure including federal and state government offices and agencies, and private, public, and corporate research institutions. On the other hand, it is a bibliography that identifies and assesses the most important and useful reference and critical resources about U.S. telecommunication history, technology, industry and economics, social applications and impacts, plus policy, law and regulations, and role in the global telecommunication marketplace. No existing guide covers all of these aspects in the depth and detail of this volume.
"The authors have assembled and annotated references to the most important sources for research on telecommunications, which they define as 'all means of electrical and electronic communication except for electronic mass media', including both wire and wireless communication."
—Communication Research Trends
"…this is good basic reference work that should be acquired by college and university libraries. It would also make a good resource for students and scholars moving into the study of nonbroadcast telecommunications from more traditional media economics fields. For those people, this book can be an excellent guide to background materials and the basic literature of the field."
—The Journal of Media Economics
Contents: Introduction. General Reference. History. Technology. Industry and Economics. Applications/Impact. Policy and Regulation. International. Periodicals. Appendices: Finding Library Materials: Dewey and Library of Congress Classifications for Telecommunication. Selected Library of Congress Subject Headings for Telecommunication.