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Media & Society: MSP 1021, ADV 1101

Research help for the Media Studies & Production and Advertising courses, "Media and Society."

Research Help

Kristina De Voe
Office: Paley Library 314
Phone: 215.204.4583

Library Research for Media & Society

Unequal Media by Jared Rodriguez / Truthout (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

This guide will help you with your research assignments for the Advertising and Media Studies & Production courses, Media & Society. Use the adjacent blue buttons to help you find sources about different types of media and its impact on society and culture. If you need help, contact the librarian.

Is it Okay to Use Wikipedia?

"Wikipedia? It's a great place to start, and a horrible place to end, at least that's what my professor says."

PIL Progress Report 2/09

Wikipedia can be a great place to begin finding information on a topic, trend, or issue. You'll need to find additional sources, but Wikipedia articles may help you learn more about your topic. Use the citation list at the bottom of Wikipedia entry pages to lead you to more sources. 

Understand the Assignment

Checklist Before choosing a topic, make sure you understand your assignment. Read your assignment and look for:

  • Due Date
  • Length of the assignment
  • Number and type(s) of outside sources
  • Topic guidance
  • Points your instructor wants you to cover

Make sure you understand your assignment’s purpose. Are you supposed to take a side in an existing argument, explain a problem, propose a position, describe a project or process, or do something else?

If you find that you cannot describe what your assignment is about to someone else, either read it again or ask your instructor for clarification.