Whether your professor gives you a list of possible topics or you choose your own, first:
|Joseph Pulitzer||New York Times||Social Media|
Before you choose a final topic, it is important to test a few topics to see what kind of research is available. This will save you lots of time later.
A better search is to put Joseph Pulitzer's name in quotation remarks-- "Joseph Pulitzer" --to search for the phrase. It would yield about 12,000 results, including about 1,400 articles from peer reviewed journals (see filters to the left of the results.)
Now search for objectivity. This produces more than 700,000 results, with more than a quarter million articles from peer-reviewed journals. In this case, to filter the results you would want to use the Subject filter to the left of the results. Choose Journalism. This narrows the results to about 2,000.
Now try searching WikiLeaks. How many results did you get? How many are peer-reviewed journal articles? Quiz.
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Next, try OneSearch for scholarly journal articles or try one of these databases for scholarly sources or news articles.
Then FILTER your results! Most important is the SUBJECT filter, which will help help you refine your results to those that are ABOUT they keywords, rather than just mentioning them.
The first step is to turn your topic into keywords. If your topic is a person, start with their name in quotation marks. Then add keywords to narrow the results. You might want to add Journalism AND History, for example.
Here is a video to help you develop keywords.
The videos below will walk you how to structure your searches to make them more effective and to find additional resources using citation.