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MDIA 1091: Introduction to Mass Media   Tags: media_arts_and_studies  

Resources for students writing a research paper in MDIA1091
Last Updated: Feb 5, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Welcome to the Research Guide for MDIA 1091

What do I do with this page? 

  1. Use the menu to the left or the tabs above. Each tab should link you to sources for different parts of your assignment.
    • Choose a Topic: If you are still deciding of focusing your topic, this tab has some suggested reousources for helping you identify or narrow in on a specific aspect of a research topic. 
    • Find a Book or Book Chapter: Books about your research topic can give you good overviews of previous research on the topic. Remember that you may only need to read a single chapter out of a book if it's edited and each chapter is written by a different researcher. 
    • Find Research Articles: Research articles are peer reviewed -- that is they are read and approved by other researchers in the field before they can be published. They describe recent research on a topic. 
    • Media Websites: There are a number of sources on the open web that provide useful information about media industries and media-related topics. This page has some suggestions as well as guidelines for evaluating web based information. 
    • Newspaper and Magazine Articles: Articles in newspapers and magazines are good for telling you what is currently in the news about your topi and are especially useful if your topic is very current. 
    • Statistics: Many research topics benefit from having numbers to back up your claims. This page gives you suggested places to find that kind of data for your topic. 
    • Write a Literature Review: On this page, I offer some suggestions for actually using those sources to write a literature review. 
    • APA Citations: A guide for creating your APA style bibliography 
  2. Have questions? Make an appointment or send me an email ( It's my job  to work with MDIA students on their research assignments. I'd be happy to talk to you about your paper and the research that goes with it. 


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