This landing page is provided to supplemental information for the COM 340: Media Law and Ethics course. Use this information to guide your use of the tabs above to jump-start your research.
For this class, you will need to successfully locate and use a variety of types of sources. This means not only being able to differentiate the types of information, but, also, recognizing where to go to get the type you need. In addition, you'll need to go on to use that information in smart and ethical ways.
Remember to always evaluate your sources - researching ethical issues means delving into a lot of gray areas and half-truths. Use lateral reading to get to the center of the issue, so you can move beyond your own opinion.
Annotated bibliographies allow a researcher to understand their research and start to locate how their sources speak to each other. Too often beginning, researchers forget that the research process is where one learns new information. You do not have to be an expert in your topic yet, that's why you're researching the subject in the first place. This research should inform and shape your thesis.
In addition to a correct and complete citation, annotations typically include both a summary and an evaluation of each source. Note: Always check with your professor's grading rubric to determine their requirements.
Purdue OWL is an excellent resource to get a bit more guidance on writing an annotated bibliography.
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