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COMM 201 Exploration of Communication Studies

An introduction to the study of communication for students new to the field. Provides guidelines for being a beginning communication student and scholar.


Welcome to the COMM 201 Exploration of Communication Studies Research Guide!

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Communication & Mass Media Complete

Questions to ask when evaluating an article and completing the "Research Article" worksheet

  •  Was the article published within the last 10 years (i.e., no older than 2010)?
    • hint: Limit To – Publication Date (2010 – 2020)
  •  Is the article at least 7 pages long (excluding references)?
    • hint: look at the full text of the article
  •  Is the article from a journal associated with the field of Communication Studies?
    • hint: select the journal title next to Source
  •  Is it scholarly? Is it peer-reviewed?
    • hint: look at the Source link in the article record
  •  Is it evidence-based? Is it research oriented?
    • hint: read the Abstract in the article record
  •  What methodology does it employ (qualitative, quantitative, interview, survey, or something else)?
    • hint: read the abstract and also review the Methods section of the article
  •  What areas of Communication Studies research relate to this study?
    • hint: look at the Subject Terms inside of the article record for some ideas
  •  Have you copied the APA citation for this article from the article record using the “Cite” feature”?
    • hint: Check the APA guidelines and fix the citation before you submit the assignment!