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Media & the Environment: MSP 3473

Research help for the course, Media & the Environment

Research Help for Media & the Environment

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This guide will help you with your research assignments for the course Media & the Environment. Use the adjacent tabs to help you find sources about of how people’s relationship with the environment is shaped by media and communication and its broader societal context. If you need help, contact the librarian.

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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.

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Get Topic Ideas

Individual thinkingThink about topics that interest you. To generate some ideas, try the sources below. They offer background information on current events and controversial topics. And, they give both sides of an issue, so you can develop a better understanding of the topic.

Focus Your Topic into a Research Question

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When you have chosen a topic, it's time to ask some questions. 

Applying the 5 W's -- who, what, when, where, why, and how -- to your topic can help you begin to find a more focused issue within that topic that will work well for your assignment.