This assignment help will get you started with finding information for your Communication Research Methods assignments.
It's important to understand your assessment before you start searching. Reading through the details in your Course Outline and LearnOnline site will help you:
Your critique requires you to identify the various research methods used in the report. If you need help understanding different research methods, see the database:
Tip: You may want to explore the Research Methods Map. Find it by scrolling down once you are in the database.
You can search for a specific research method in the Methods Map search bar.
Journals are publications similar to magazines. They have issues published regularly (e.g. monthly) and focus on a particular subject. Articles in academic journals should be well researched, include references and be written by experts in that area.
Remember: The articles for your assignment need to come from a journal that is in the communication discipline, not articles where communication approaches have been applied in another field (e.g. psychology).
You can also check if a journal is peer reviewed by using the database:
Check out the video below for a quick demo of this database (1:17):
Taking time to plan your search will save you time and help you find information more efficiently.
This assignment question has many different concepts that you need to research. You need to conduct separate searches for each of these concepts.
For example research methodology, communication practice and media industries are concepts taken from your assignment details.
Try creating a table similar to the one below to brainstorm and keep track of alternative keywords and spellings for the key concepts in your assignment question.
public relations communication
Tip: As you search, you may come across more concepts or synonyms you can incorporate. Don't be afraid to change or modify your search as you go.
Once you have identified your keywords and found alternative keywords, you need to connect these to put your search together.
|Boolean||What it does||Example|
||"qualitative research" AND "communication theory"
AND "media industries"
||"qualitative research" OR interview* OR "focus group"|
Remember to use "quotation marks" to keep phrases together and brackets () to keep alternative keywords together. Have a look at the example below:
("qualitative research" OR interview* OR "focus group" OR "participant observation") AND "communication theory" AND ("media industries" OR "media industry")
Take a look at the following search examples to get you started:
interview* AND ("communication theory" OR "communication research methods") AND "media industries"
The Library Collection is a good place to start your search for scholarly material. You can use it to find eBooks, journal articles, reports, videos and more.
Select the image below to view the full example search.
Try using Refine my results to limit your search to
Tip: Use the Book chapter refinement to find scholarly edited books.
Want to know more?
Watch this short video about using the Library Collection (1:48)
Databases are online collections of resources including articles, papers, book chapters and reports. Databases have advanced search options, helping to focus your search and find more relevant, scholarly references quickly.
SAGE Research Methods example
Select the image below to view the full search.
Key communication and media databases
Grey literature has been defined as:
"Information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing, i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body."
— ICGL Luxembourg definition, 1997-expanded in New York, 2004
Grey literature can be hard to find or irretrievable for a number of reasons because it is:
Quality may also be an issue because it is often not peer reviewed or edited. It is important to carefully evaluate your grey literature sources for suitability before using them in your assignment.
Watch the following video on how to find grey literature.
Once you've found some sources to use in your assignments, it's important to evaluate them for accuracy, credibility and relevance to your needs.
When evaluating information you can use the CRAAP test:
|Currency||How current does the information need to be? Do you need to use information published in the last five years or are older, seminal works fine to use?|
|Relevance||Does the information found answer your question? Do you understand the content and is it at the right level for your purpose?|
|Authority||What are the author's qualifications? Are they linked to a particular organisation such as a university, research institute or government department?|
|Accuracy||Is evidence given for the research undertaken? Can you verify the information presented by using other sources? Is there a bibliography or reference list given?|
|Purpose||Is it trying to communicate research, persuade you or sell you something? Is it expressing an opinion, or is it balanced and objective?|
The following resources offer more information and tips on undertaking this key step:.
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