This page will help you find research articles from communication journals and information about different research methodologies.
For assessment 1.2 you are required to:
Check your Course website and Course Outline for more information about the assessment requirements.
You need to find research-based (academic) sources which includes peer reviewed journal articles.
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Peer reviewed (refereed) journals include articles that are evaluated by experts in the field before being published.
You can check if a journal is peer reviewed by going to the journal's website and checking their peer review policy or using the database Ulrichsweb.
To search Ulrichsweb you can type the name or ISSN of the journal into the search box.
Look for the peer review icon of a referee jacket to see if your journal is peer reviewed.
Try searching library databases for relevant academic sources.Databases are search tools for finding articles, papers, reports and more. Find databases by browsing the database list then refining on the left by Communication.
Two useful databases you should become familiar with are:
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.
You can find communication journals in the Library collection to browse using the tool BrowZine. Open BrowZine by selecting:
Remember: the articles need to come from a journal that is pure communications, public relations, sociology or media - not articles where communication approaches have been applied in another field.
Not sure if it is a peer reviewed communication journal? Go to the journal website to find out more about the journal's aim, audience and peer review policy.
Check here for a list of prestigious academic journals in Communications and Media:
Here is an example search in SAGE journals: Communication and Media studies.1. Select Search from the top of the page, under the search box select Advanced Search.
2. Add a different concept (keyword) in each new line.
3. Apply limits by by using the refining options to the right of the results:
4. Select a title to take you to the article, from the left Article Menu select Method to check the method used.
Here is an example search in ProQuest Social Science Premium Collection.1. Select Advanced Search from top of page.
2. Add different concepts (keywords) in each new line using the connector AND.
3. Apply limits by by using the refining options to the left of the results:
4. Select Get full text to access the article, use Ctrl+F to search article for "method", look through the results to check the method used.
Your textbook includes a lot of information about research methods:
Weerakkody, Niranjala Damayanthi 2015, Research Methods for Media and Communication, 2nd ed, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria.
You can also find information about different communication research methods using the following database:
To find information about research methods:
1. Enter your search terms in the Search box at the top of the page.
Try searching generally for communication research methods.
Alternatively, you can search for the research method you want to explore.
2. Apply limits using the Refine options menu to the right of your results. Try limiting by:
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Is what you have located relevant and reliable? Are you uncertain whether to use the information you have found? Always critically evaluate what you find:
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 references given?|
|Purpose||Is it trying to communicate research, persuade you or sell you something? It is expressing an opinion, or is it balanced and objective?|
Critical thinking is an essential part of taking a scholarly approach to learning. It involves analysing and questioning information you receive to arrive at logical, well-reasoned conclusions.
The following resources from Study Help will assist you in understanding and developing your critical thinking and analysing skills needed for your assignment.
Referencing Roadmap (Harvard)
Help with the Harvard UniSA referencing style. Find in text-citations and reference examples, from different sources such as articles, books & chapters, websites, and more.
What do you do with all those references you have found?
Use a bibliographic management software to store, organise and cite your references. The Library supports the bibliographic management tool EndNote. There are also many free systems available.