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Communication & Journalism

Explore library resources related to communications and media studies research.

Find a Topic

Find a Topic


Stuck for inspiration? Use some of these sources to explore current issues to find a topic.

Focusing Your Topic

Focusing Your Topic


As you do exploratory research on your topic, consider how other authors are discussing your topic:

  • What kind of language are they using, and is it the same language you're using?
  • Are authors identifying key ideas, events, or stakeholders about your topic?
  • Are there ideas of controversy or debate? Is the discussion open for further research?

As you explore what has already been written, it may help you figure out what questions and ideas you have on the topic. Academic writing is a conversation, and your voice is just as important as the voices of published authors!


Questions To Ask Yourself About Your Topic


Posing questions about your topic will help you identify an aspect of the topic you'd like to focus on. Start with some of the questions listed on the infographic/handout below. Which questions seem most important and interesting to you?

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