Course Research Pages

MCM 151: Media & Society

Finding Information for the Case Study Assignment

Use your class readings, worksheets, and class lecture notes to analyze your media genres. Your readings contain sample case studies. In addition to those, here are others that might be good examples.

Finding Background Information

Credo Reference - Articles and images from reference books in most subjects. Great for background information and definitions.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - A collection of online reference books on a wide array of subjects; very good for background information.

Supporting Your Analysis With Books

As you do a narrative or pentadic analysis, you'll need to do a small amount of outside research to support some of your ideas. You may find some of that information in the many media books in the Bowman Library collection. Listed below are just a few subject headings that will lead you to books that may be helpful:

You can also search the library catalog by keyword.

Supporting Your Analysis With Magazine, Newspaper, and Journal Articles

CQ Researcher- Weekly reports on current and controversial issues, including media issues. Be sure to explore the bibliographies and contacts links.

EBSCO - Find full-text journal and magazine articles and abstracts

Lexis Nexis Academic - Articles from news sources worldwide.

The New York Times - A good place to search for news articles; searching for editorials or opinion pieces can be useful for future debate topics.

Selected Web Sites for Researching the Media

The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Conducts and disseminates research and convenes roundtable discussions that highlight important questions about the intersection of media, communication, and public policy. See "Media & Children" and "Adolescent Communication Institute" under Research Areas.

Arbitron provides access to media ratings data as well as selected free reports. Choose an area (e.g., Radio Stations, Television Services) and then "Free Studies & Reports."

Electronic Frontier Foundation
A non-profit organization working to protect digital rights.

FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
A progressive group monitoring fairness in reporting in the media.

International Journal of Communication
An online, multi-media journal, with free access to scholarly articles.

Nielsen Media Research
Useful for ratings on media use and consumer behavior. See the Reports tab.

Pew Research Center
An important independent organization that "provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world," through opinion polling and social science research. Very useful for the study of media. Some of its projects include the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the Project for Excellence in Journalism, and the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Contains information on both sides of popular debate topics.
Search here for information on television shows, including details about episodes.

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Evaluating Web Resources

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