Communication Studies Research: Introduction

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  • The following web site is geared toward the information needs of upper division and graduate students in Communication Studies at CSUN. Additional web sites are available to help with your library and Internet research for many specific COMS courses.

Select your Topic

  • How to select the best topic for your research:
    • Use library resources to browse a broad topic and narrow it down to sub-topics, such as sources of pro/con arguments.
    • Ask yourself: What are the 5 Ws (who, what, why, when, where) and how of this topic?
    • Ask yourself: How much time (or pages) do I have to present my topic?

Select Resources

  • Deciding which type of resource to use for research involves several factors, including assignment requirements, currency of the research topic, and the depth of coverage needed.
    • Periodical articles (magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly journals) are excellent sources of current and/or specific information.
    • Often, your professors required scholarly (peer reviewed or refereed) journal articles as sources. What is a Scholarly Article? (Video)

Search Effectively