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CMJ 402: Communication Research Methods: Home
Welcome to the CMJ 402 Course Guide!
This guide will provide you with resources and strategies to support your coursework in Dr. McGreavy's course. Need help? Contact Jen Bonnet at Fogler Library!
Why Conduct 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
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 Research or Studies on your Topic
Use the Fogler database list to identify online databases where you might find research that addresses your topic. Several databases that will be a good place to start are:
Literature covering communication, mass media, linguistics, discourse, rhetoric, sociolinguistics, communication theory, language, logic, organizational communication and other closely related fields of study.
Articles in agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.
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.
Nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Research areas include: science and technology, energy and the environment, health and medicine, and more.
Find Books on Your Topic
Below are examples of books in the library catalog, URSUS, that may be helpful as you explore your topics.