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Communication Research Strategies and Sources

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ISBN-10: 0534564860

ISBN-13: 9780534564865

Edition: 6th 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Rebecca B. Rubin, Alan M. Rubin, Linda J. Piele

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This text for communication research is designed to help students learn how to successfully use literature and other sources in writing effective papers and to strategize, develop and complete communication research, placing special emphasis on using library resources to search for literature. It demystifies the research process by teaching students library skills and scholarly writing, and it acquaints them with the latest research technology tools.
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Book details

List price: $137.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Foreword
Introduction
Communication Research Strategies
Studying Communication
The Communication Discipline
Structure of the Field
Structure of Professional Communication Organizations
Activities
Publications
Types of Associations
Communication Research Projects
Academic Pursuits
Professional Pursuits
Summary
References
Examples
Exercises
Searching the Communication Literature
Becoming Familiar With Your Library and Its Services
Search Strategy Outline
The Topic
Selecting, Narrowing, and Adjusting a Topic
The Search
Preparing for the Literature Search
Deciding What Type of Search to Do
The Results
Evaluating and Summarizing Information
Documenting the Search Process
Tips on Searching the Literature
Writing
Summary
References
Examples
Exercises
Using the Internet for Communication Research
Research and the World Wide Web
Gaining Access to the Internet
Internet Addresses
Browser Basics
Troubleshooting
Evaluating Internet Sources
Finding Resources on the World Wide Web
Communicating on the Internet
E-mail
Electronic Discussion Groups
Usenet Newsgroups
CIOS/Comserve
Ethical Issues
Summary
References
Examples
Exercises
Using Computers to Search Electronic Databases
Differing Technological Environments
Varieties of Computerized Databases
Bibliographic Databases
Directory Databases
Source Databases
How to Search Computerized Databases
Standard Search Features
Controlled Vocabulary Versus Key-Word Searching
Boolean Operators
Parentheses
Alternatives to Boolean Operators
Proximity Operators
Phrase Searching
Field-Specific Searching
Truncation
Word and Phrase Indexes
Creating and Reusing Sets
Search Strategies: Boolean Searching
Natural Language Searching
Search Strategies for the World Wide Web
Using Your Search Results
Mediated Searching
Summary
References
Examples
Exercises
Communication Research Sources
General Sources
Handbooks
Textbooks
Encyclopedias
Annual Reviews and Series
Selected Sources
Handbooks
Textbooks
Encyclopedias
Annual Reviews
Series
Examples
Exercises
Access Tools
Bibliographies
Guides to the Literature
Legal Research
On-line Search Strategies: Finding Additional Bibliographies and Guides
Bibliographies on the World Wide Web
Periodical Indexes
Discipline-Based Periodical Indexes
General and Interdisciplinary Periodical Indexes
Locating Book Reviews
Citation Indexes
Media Indexes
Selected Sources
Bibliographies
Guides to the Literature
Periodical Indexes and Abstracts
Media Indexes
Examples
Exercises
Communication Periodicals
Scholarly Journals
Professional and Trade Magazines
Selected Sources
Scholarly Journals
Professional and Trade Periodicals
Electronic Journals
Examples
Exercises
Information Compilations
Collections and Archives
Speech Collections
Media Collections
Legal Collections
Measurement Collections
Statistical Sources
U.S. Government Publications
Yearbooks
Directories
Dictionaries
Manuals
Selected Sources
Collections
Statistical Sources
U.S. Government Publications
Yearbooks
Directories
Dictionaries
Manuals
Examples
Exercises
Communication Research Processes
Designing the Communication Research Project
The Research Process
Descriptive and Explanatory Research
Research Stages
Approaches to Communication Research
Message- or Artifact-Oriented Research
People- or Behavior-Oriented Research
Research Ethics
Summary
Selected Sources
Comprehensive Texts
Content Analysis
Design and Measurement
Media Research
Qualitative and Applied Research
Rhetorical and Media Criticism
Statistics
Survey Research
Exercises
Writing Research Papers
Basic Elements of Good Writing
Tense and Agreement
Voice
Transitions
Grammar
Paragraph Structure
Quoting and Paraphrasing
Style
Writing Formats
Proofreading
Proofreading Checklist
Proofreading Symbols
Submitting Manuscripts
Summary
References
Exercises
Preparing Research Projects
Abstracts
Format
Steps
Literature Reviews
Format
Steps
Critical Papers
Steps
Research Prospectuses
Format
Steps
Original Research Reports
Format
Steps
Summary
References
Exercises
Conducting a Research Study
Conceptualization
Computer Search
Model
Questionnaire
Procedure
Analysis
Epilogue
References
APA Style Basics
Social and Psychological Antecedents of VCR Use
Glossary
Subject Index
Source Index