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					Research for CMNS 130

      Sylvia Roberts
       Spring 2011
                     Can you….
1. Find the SFU Library's communication research guides on
   the web?

2. Name at least two databases that contain journal articles
   relevant to this course?

3. Describe a technique that will help you be more efficient
   when you search any article/book database?

4. Name a tool that will keep track of the articles you've found
   and create your bibliography for you?

5. Tell the difference between an academic journal and a
   popular magazine?

6. List at least three ways to contact a librarian for assistance?

                         CMNS 130 Spring 2011
    Goals of Research Paper

   Select a suitable essay topic

   Collect and organize evidence to
    support your argument

   Provide references to show you can
    find & use suitable information

                CMNS 130 Spring 2011
             Topic selection
 Focus on a recent controversy in
  communication
 Should involve some aspect of media
  regulation by:
    • State : example
    • Industry : example
    • Citizens or society : example
    • No regulation? : example

                   CMNS 130 Spring 2011
             Trolling for topics
   Start with what you know:
    • Course readings, tutorial discussions, lectures
    • Personal interest & observations

   Browse web sites:
    • Media regulatory agencies
    • Media activist web sites

   Select a medium and explore:
    • Search news sources for regulatory issues
    • Do some background reading to identify
      regulatory aspects

                     CMNS 130 Spring 2011
                       Choose a topic
   Movie Piracy

    “According to the American movie
    industry, Canadian bootleggers are costing
    the industry US$6 billion in lost revenue a
    year.”
Ottawa drafts bill to ban movie piracy in Canada. (May 30, 2007). Retrieved Feb. 3, 2009
    from
    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070530/movie_piracy_070
    530/20070530?hub=Entertainment




                                  CMNS 130 Spring 2011
PIRATES OF THE CINEMA
         CMNS 130 Spring 2011
               Working thesis:
 Write a “working thesis” to shape
  your research
E.G. Movie Piracy in Canada: Should
  this be a criminal code offense?
 Current regulatory framework
       Who?
       How?

       Why?


   Models in other countries?
                  CMNS 130 Spring 2011
      Developing your thesis
   Identify the main concepts and content
    parameters to organize your research
   Test your choice against the
    literature
   Adjust your thesis according to findings
   Track your research




                 CMNS 130 Spring 2011
        Subtopics/Parameters?
   Geographical: Canada/world?
   Chronological: current issue/history?
   Perspective: how-to? right vs. wrong?
   Who regulates this issue? Who polices it?
   Who are the main parties on each side
    and what are their arguments?
   What evidence is there for their
    arguments?


                   CMNS 130 Spring 2011
          Keywords & concepts
•   Movie             •   Piracy                 • Organisations
•   Movies            •   Copyright              • Motion Picture
•   Films             •   Intellectual             Association of
•   Motion pictures       property                 America
•   Cinema            •   Illegal                • Heritage
                          recording or             Canada
•   Movie
    theatre/theater       copying                • Pirates
                                                   United…?




                          CMNS 130 Spring 2011
    Finding supporting evidence

   CMNS 130 library research guide

   Selecting search tools

   Quality assurance



                 CMNS 130 Spring 2011
      Sample search #1: Books
   Tool?: SFU Library catalogue.
    • Keyword search in the SFU Library catalogue
      for: movie piracy


   Scan search results. Choose an item that
    is at least in the ballpark of what you want

   Cycle! Use the item you found to do a
    better search

                    CMNS 130 Spring 2011
     Sample search #2: Articles
   Tool?
    • Lists of article databases in the CMNS 130
      library research guide
    • Other possible databases?
          Film?
          Law?
          Arts?
          Business?
          News?




                       CMNS 130 Spring 2011
     Sample search #2: Articles
   Keyword search in Communication and
    Mass Media Complete for movie piracy

   Cycling your search
    • How would you use The global 'epidemic' of
      movie 'piracy’ to find further material on this
      topic?




                     CMNS 130 Spring 2011
        Scholarly / Academic?
 Is The global 'epidemic' of movie
  'piracy’ academic?
 How can you tell?

    • Author affiliations
    • Length
    • References
    • Journal
    • Language

                    CMNS 130 Spring 2011
          Track your research
   Imagine a world where…
    • articles you liked were captured for you
    • your lists of articles were available
      anywhere* or anytime
    • your bibliographies were made for you
      in correct APA format
    • your in-text citations were done for you



                   CMNS 130 Spring 2011
Track your research




      CMNS 130 Spring 2011
          Getting help – part 1
   Ask a Librarian services
    http://www.lib.sfu.ca/researchhelp/askus/
     • Phone
     • Chat
     • Email
     • in-person




                  CMNS 130 Spring 2011
         Getting help – part 2
   Contact Sylvia directly
    to make an appointment for
    RESEARCH CONSULTATION:
    srobert@sfu.ca




                CMNS 130 Spring 2011
                     Can you….
1. Find the SFU Library's communication research guides on
   the web?

2. Name at least two databases that contain communication
   journal articles?

3. Describe a technique that will help you be more efficient
   when you search any article/book database?

4. Name a tool that will keep track of the articles you've found
   and create your bibliography for you?

5. Tell the difference between an academic journal and a
   popular magazine?

6. List at least three ways to contact a librarian for assistance?

                         CMNS 130 Spring 2011
Good luck with your research!


           Sylvia Roberts
        Liaison Librarian for CMNS
             sroberts@sfu.ca

				
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