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COM 302: Issues in IPC (Relational Communication) (Farrell): Welcome

Resources & research starting points for assignments in COM 302

Handouts: Evaluating Information Using the CRAAP Test & Distinguishing Scholarly vs. Popular Sources Handout

Reading a Research Article in Communication Studies

Citing Your Sources Using APA Style

Other Resources:

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes-Video

Finding Scholarly and Popular Articles On UNLV Libraries Research Databases

Outline Requirements

After fully immersing yourself in the research, you should create an outline of your paper. This should lay out your argument in a logical way and form the backbone of your paper. You will submit your outline, which is basically the plan for your paper, for feedback and points.

You may choose how exactly to organize your paper, but a basic structure looks something like this:

I. Introduction with thesis statement

II. Background information of the problem

III. Synthesis of the research

IV. Proposed solution

V. Conclusion


You should expand each section of your outline, and include several sentences or paragraphs of explanation for each section. Your biggest sections will obviously make up the body of your paper. Include notes about what sources you will include where, and what your basic arguments will be. Do not turn in a skeleton outline. This should be double-spaced and around 2 pages in length.

TED Talks

Citing Your Sources Using Refworks

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Organize your research
  • Create a bibliography in a variety of citation styles, including APA, MLA and Chicago
  • Import references from many data sources
  • Create bibliographies in different document formats (Word, RTF, HTML, etc.)
  • Include citations while you write your paper (using Write-n-Cite plugin)
  • Access your personal account from any computer connected to the internet

Literature Review Resources-A Literature Review is More Than a Summary-UCLA

Writing a Literature Review Video

Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research

Resources for Creating Infographics (Free / Open-Source)

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