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COMM 302: Research In Comm Media: Focusing your Research Question

Background Research

Background Research: searching and reading a variety of information about your general topic in order to decide where you want to focus your research.

Video courtesy of North Carolina State University Libraries:

libnscu (2014, May 1). Picking your topic is research [video file].  Retrieved from:

Diagramming Search Statements

Look for the words that are absolutely essential to your search, then try to think of other ways people might talk about that concept.  Use synonyms, antonyms, and related words

Subject Headings

Sometimes if you can't think of other words, a subject heading can help.