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For your paper you will need to do research. First in choosing your topic and then researching your topic. Here are some tips for that research. Feel free to email me with questions.
Whether your professor gives you a list of possible topics or you choose your own, first:
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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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Start by searching for books on your topic. If you find a book or book chapter on your topic, it will make your research much easier.
Next, choose a database for scholarly journal articles. Databases give you more focused research results.
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.
Databases have similar functionality and filtering options, but the interfaces may differ, and they search different journals (although there will be some overlap. The two videos below will walk you through using Academic Search Complete. The examples are from the fields of social work.