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Valerie Beech:

  • Strategic Communication
  • Advertising
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Kate Otto:

  • Communication Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Journalism

Nia Schudson:

  • Fine Arts
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About this guide

This guide was written for Dr. Pokrywczynski's COMM 2500 course in spring 2021.

There are two major assignments addressed:  

  1. Article critiques.
  2. Research project proposal and annotated bibliography.

Getting started:

Not sure what to do your research on?  Beyond a very broad topic, maybe your major?

Start with some of the subject encyclopedias below!

During the library workshop, we will also do some concept-mapping.  Here's the PowerPoint file we'll look at ...

Online reference collections

Start with one of these online collections of reference books.  each contains multiple reference books covering diverse topics.

Sample encyclopedia articles

Here are sample encyclopedia articles which may be relevant to the topics assigned.

Secondary research sources

Please notice that there are limits on the number of users in both databases below.  

  –  Click here for more sources on polling data.

  –  Click here for more information about consumer survey datasets (MRI-Simmons Insight is one example).