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Welcome to the CMJ 102 Course Guide!
This guide will provide you with resources and strategies to support your theory papers and presentations in CMJ 102. Need help? Contact
Jen Bonnet at Fogler Library!
Why a Literature Review?
A literature review brings together scholarly works on a topic, and is intended to:
explore compelling questions, problems, concepts, or issues that you would like to address
discover relationships between ideas
demonstrate your knowledge of a topic
demonstrate your ability to critique and synthesize various strands of the conversation taking place around your topic
indicate your capacity to identify research gaps, areas for further consideration, and/or disagreements in the literature
help you put sources in conversation with one another
Keep in mind:
you will tweak as you learn (choose, explore, and adjust your discussion based on what you find in the literature)
as you select items, read through them, analyze them, evaluate their fit with your topic, identify major themes and concepts, and identify gaps and disagreements
literature searching is a non-linear process
Find Books on Your Topic
Below are examples of books in
that may be helpful as you define your theories and begin to consider how they've been applied in various contexts. URSUS
How to Write a Literature Review
Find Research or Studies on your Topic
Use the Fogler
database menu to identify online resources where you might find research that addresses your topic. Several databases that will be a good place to start are:
Communication and Mass Media Complete
Literature covering communication, mass media, linguistics, discourse, rhetoric, sociolinguistics, communication theory, language, logic, organizational communication and other closely related fields of study
Education literature that covers everything from K-12 to college.
Interdisciplinary search for scholarly literature, including articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions.
LGBT Life with Full Text
Full-text coverage for some of the most important literature regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
Literature in psychology and the behavioral and social sciences
Biomedical and life sciences literature.
Women's Studies International
Literature in the interdisciplinary field of women's studies, from the core disciplines to the latest scholarship in feminist research
If you find a journal article that is not available online, use
URSUS to determine whether or not the print journal is housed in the library. If we don't have the journal article you need in print or electronically, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.
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