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COM213 Media Communication

Researching Media Issues

I recommend the following research databases for finding academic articles:


Use CLICsearch to find books and articles. Use the Available Online filter to narrow your results to ebooks and online articles.



Advanced Search

Search Strategies

After you've identified the main ideas of your research question, the following strategies will help your searches be more effective.
  • Come up with keywords that describe your research question: What are some words or concepts related to the main ideas of my research topic?

  •  Brainstorm synonyms of your keywords. Think boarder and narrower.

Now use these words to search in CLICsearch and research databases.
  • Put phrases in quotes to find the exact phrase (Example: “social media” )

  • Combine your keywords with AND (Example: "social media" and gender)‚Äč

  • Keep it simple. Too many words usually means less results.

  • Gather search terms as you find sources. Notice what words authors are using to talk about your topic. Keep track of these words on paper or a Google doc.


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