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COM 207 - Introduction to Communication Inquiry: COM 207 - Introduction to Communication Inquiry

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Evaluating Sources

Tutorial - Evaluating Resources - There is a lot of information out there, not all of it useful or trustworthy.  Shouldn't you really check to see if it is CRAAP ?

Citation Resources

Tutorial - Citing Your Sources  Citations are a critical part of the research process:

  • Citations credit the author of the original work who provided you with the information or idea
  • Citations allow your audience to identify and find the source material in order to learn more about your topic
  • Citations give your paper more credibility because it shows you're supporting your arguments with high-quality sources
  • Citations help you avoid plagiarism & demonstrate your integrity as a responsible researcher and participant in your field of study

APA Web Guide from the OWL at Purdue  

A comparably thorough and easy to use guide, only for APA.

Style Wizard
This interactive site guides you through writing individual citations one step at a time.  Steps for each part of a citation explains how information for that part should be entered. 

Citation Fox
Contains templates and examples for over 500 different resource types, sorted by type of resource (book, journal article, etc.)  Provided by the University Libraries at University at Albany SUNY

Communication Theories

A list of Communication Theories, clustered by topic, with definitions, history, core assumptions, and lists of key references, maintained by The University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Connect to Communication Theory Clusters

Research Databases

Communication and Mass Media Complete (C&MMC)

How to Search in Communication and Mass Media Complete
C&MMC runs on the Ebsco database structure.  This brief tutorial on using Academic Search Premier covers the basics of searching in all Ebsco databases.

Advanced Tools in Ebsco databases (tutorial) This additional tutorial provides training for advanced tools in Ebsco databases including saving records in folders and emailing search results.


Literature Reviews and Annotated Bibliographies

What is a Literature Review?

An overview of the significant literature published on a topic. Rather than evaluating each source separately, a lit review is written in essay form, and explains how each work is similar to and how it varies from the others.

For more detailed information, see How to Write a Literature Review.

Example of an undergraduate literature review for a Psychology class on Adolescent Depression. Includes corrections and comments.

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An Annotated Bibliography is a list of all the sources you are going to use to write your paper. "Annotations" are short paragraphs that describe and evaluate each one of those sources separately. 

Writing an Annotated Bibliography is an excellent resource to understand exactly what an annotated bibliography is, select appropriate resources and suggest useful language for the annotations.

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