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1 CMNS 130 RESEARCH CMNS 130 COMMUNICATION POLICY RESEARCH Sylvia Roberts, CMNS librarian

2 Context: CMNS Fall 2014  Actions for essay proposal due in week 6:  Select an appropriate topic  Search for information sources to support your discussion  Write a 2 page proposal  “Too often students haven't found good resources, or relevant resources, or haven't really read them, or have done all of their research on google”

3 Context: CMNS Fall 2014  Actions for essay proposal due in week 6:  Select an appropriate topic  Search for information sources to support your discussion  Write a 2 page proposal  “Too often students haven't found good resources, or relevant resources, or haven't really read them, or have done all of their research on google”

4 Goals for this session: CMNS Fall 2014  Discover the CMNS130 research guide  Introduce mass media policy research  Discuss characteristics of scholarly / academic information sources  Learn how to find these  Find out who (and how) to consult about your specific research questions

5 Research requirements CMNS Fall 2014  Write an essay on a topic related to the focus of this course – mass communication....your topic must have some regulatory or policy angle.  Your proposal will make an exploratory type of topic statement and some research questions that you intend to answer. You need to fully research and understand your topic before you can come to an opinion or thesis statement about it  The bibliography accompanying your proposal must contain a minimum of 4 references: 1 academic book, and 3 academic articles. 1 of the articles must be a course reading. You may use more references than four; all must be academic sources.  For your final paper, you must have a minimum of 5 academic peer reviewed sources, 4 from outside course material, and at least 1 from course readings. You may use UP TO 3 non-academic sources in supplementary research.

6 Definitions of policy CMNS Fall 2014  course or principle of action adopted or proposed by an organization or individual (http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/policy)http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/policy  a) a definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives and in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future decisions b) a high-level overall plan embracing the general goals and acceptable procedures especially of a governmental body (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/policy?show=0&t= )

7 Examples of media policy topics CMNS Fall 2014  Includes an aspect of mass media regulation:  State / government : example example2exampleexample2  Court precedents : exampleexample  Industry self-regulation : exampleexample  NGO-initiated: exampleexample  No regulation? : exampleexample  CMNS 130 research guide CMNS 130 research guide

8 Research requirements CMNS Fall 2014  Write an essay on a topic related to the focus of this course – mass communication....your topic must have some regulatory or policy angle.  Your proposal will make an exploratory type of topic statement and some research questions that you intend to answer. You need to fully research and understand your topic before you can come to an opinion or thesis statement about it  The bibliography accompanying your proposal must contain a minimum of 4 references: 1 academic book, and 3 academic articles. 1 of the articles must be a course reading. You may use more references than four; all must be academic sources.  For your final paper, you must have a minimum of 5 academic peer reviewed sources, 4 from outside course material, and at least 1 from course readings. You may use UP TO 3 non-academic sources in supplementary research.

9 Scholarly / Academic sources CMNS Fall 2014 Requirement for bibliography – why? Is this an academic article?this How can you tell? Demo finding academic sources on the topic of net neutrality in Canada Demo

10 Research consultations CMNS Fall 2014  Ask a Librarian Ask a Librarian In-person Chat TXT Us! Phone  Consultation by appointment: Sylvia Roberts -

11 Writing your paper CMNS Fall 2014 The Student Learning Commons is your academic success centre! We offer… free writing workshops a wide range of online writing resources one-on-one consultations (appointments or drop-ins) with trained peer educators assistance with learning, reading, and studying skills and strategies. services at all three SFU campuses Go to

12 Goals for this session: CMNS Fall 2014  Discover the CMNS130 research guide  Introduce mass media policy research  Discuss characteristics of scholarly / academic information sources  Learn how to find these  Find out who (and how) to consult about your specific research questions

13 GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR RESEARCH! Sylvia Roberts Liaison Librarian for CMNS


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