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Media Criticism: MSP 4153

Research help for the course, MSP 4153: Media Criticism.

Choose a Topic

Choosing a manageable, interesting topic can be hard. Try getting your initial ideas out by using these statements adapted from Wayne Booth's The Craft of Argument so you can move from topic to question to argument.

(TOPIC) I am trying to learn about __________________________________________________________

(QUESTION) Because I want to find out (what/where/who/why/whether/how) ________________________

(SIGNIFICANCE) In order to help my reader understand ________________________________________

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.

Video Tutorials on Choosing a Topic

Focus Your Topic into a Research Question

Hand writing where, when, how, what, who, and why on a board

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.

Find a Focus

Visualize Your Topic

Try visualizing your topic to explore all of the different angles, ideas, and key concepts related to your topic. This is a good brainstorming exercise and can also help focus your topic into a research question.

The tools below can help you visualize your topic.