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Journalism & Communication Research

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Hello, COM 100 students! I hope in this time of uncertainty you are taking care of yourselves. I am writing to you from my laundry room while my partner is in a meeting in our office, and my children are asking for their fourth meal of the day (at 8:30 AM). Clearly these types of sessions are not what any of us signed up for this year, but I am heartened to see our community do so much to take care of each other. As you work on gathering and evaluating resources for your Comparison Paper, know that I am an email or Zoom appointment away. Do not hesitate to reach out for support. While we may be physically alone, we are in this together. Many of our resources at Vogel are available remotely; please let me know if something isn't working for you so I can get it fixed or offer you an alternate solution.

Below you will see four modules to help you with your Comparison Papers in COM 100. Each box is labeled with a number and asks you to perform a different task. If you have any questions or need any support, let me know! Good luck. --Aj

1. Information Gathering

2. Lecture Watching

3. Gather different forms of media

Many of us find our news sources through the internet. There is nothing wrong with this practice as long as you aren't hitting a paywall that limits your access. If you find you cannot read the full article without paying, check out Vogel Library resources to see if they can be accessed that way. You can always email me, and I can help you try different avenues to get what you need.

Another way for us to be critical consumers is to make sure we are doing our part in seeking out a variety of points of view. Looking at multiple perspectives, whether national versus local or television versus print, can be one way of doing this. Many of the databases at Vogel offer alternative press options and international perspectives. 

4. APA citations

Citation styles are a way for a scholar (you) to communicate with other scholars (your professor, librarian, reader, etc.) about the work of researchers (media writers and journalists). While citations can feel a bit unwieldy, it helps to break them down a bit.

  • Who created it?
  • When did they create it?
  • What is the title of the creation?
  • Where did you read, watch, or hear it?

Purdue OWL offers examples of these types of citations and your librarian is available to help you distinguish source types if you reach out to her!

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