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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 your research and updating your bibliography, 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 a well developed plan for your paper, with an updated and complete annotated bibliography, for feedback and points. You may choose how exactly to organize your outline, but a basic structure suggestion is as follows:

  1. Introduction

  1. Attention getter
  2. Thesis statement

II. Background information of the problem

  1. Topic
  2. Topic
  3. Topic

III. Synthesis of the resarch

  1. Topic
  2. Topic
  3. Topic

IV. Proposed solution

  1. Topic
  2. Topic
  3. Topic

V. Conclusion


If you need more outlining tips and help, check out this resouIIrce: (Links to an external site.) 

Use an appropriate system of numbers, letters, or Roman numerals, and indenting. Do not use bullet points. Think about the relationships between ideas. You should expand each section of your outline, and include several sentences of explanation for each section. Your biggest sections will obviously make up the body of your paper. Write out a plan for your intro and conclusion, but do not worry about the specifics of those sections at this stage of the writing process. Use grammatically correct and error-free full sentences. Include notes about what sources you will include where, (cite all of your sources in the outline using correct APA in-text citations) and what your basic arguments will be. Do not turn in a skeleton outline- think of this as a detailed plan for your rough draft.

The outline should be formatted as usual:

  • Times New Roman 12 point font, 1" margins with a title.
  • Double-spaced and at be least 2 pages in length, but likely longer. The more you develop your outline, the longer it will be. Keep in mind you are planning a 7-9 page paper.

Include your updated and complete annotated bibliography. Remember the requirements for it are as follows:

  • Times New Roman, 12 point font, 1" margins with a title.
  • You should have a minimum of 6 total sources. More is recommended.
  • You may cite your textbook, or any other sources provided by your instructor, but note that they do NOT count towards the minimum requirements- they are extra.
  • At least 2 of your required 6 sources must be scholarly articles from Interpersonal Communication academic journals, such as, but not limited to: Human Communication Research, Personal Relationships, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
  • At least one of your sources must be a podcast featuring a credible speaker/expert or TED talk (TEDx is acceptable).
  • Annotations must be original, and complete. They should offer a brief summary of the source and an application of at least two elements of the CRAAP test.

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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