Welcome to your Comm 100 Research Guide. Librarians have put this guide together for you to highlight some useful resources for this class. We also encourage you to explore the rest of the library website.
The following techniques can improve your searches in article databases:
Enter phrases in quotes: "global warming" "capital punishment" "organic food"
Use truncation symbols to search for alternate word endings: In most databases, entering ethic* searches for ethic, ethics, ethical and ethically
If one term doesn't work, try a few others. Experiment with different vocabulary related to your topic. Brainstorm ideas for relevant keywords and use background sources such as Wkipedia or CQ Researcher for suggestions.
Questions to Ask When Narrowing your Topic:
When giving a 5 minute speech, you will need to narrow your topic to a manageable scope, so that you're not trying to address too much content. You are also being asked to view your topic through the lens of social sciences research. These are some questions to consider in the process of narrowing down your topic and brainstorming keywords:
The general databases listed below are a good place to begin research but they often provide limited coverage. Use subject-specific databases to find more articles on your topic.
Subject-specific databases offer in-depth coverage of specific disciplines or subject areas.