There are two assignments for this class that require research and cited evidence for your assertions.
Pick a piece of media you feel strongly about (which we have NOT discussed in class) and prepare an approximately 10-minute presentation breaking down and analyzing this piece in terms of the below elements. You MUST use speaker notes to provide context for the information on your slides. Speaker notes should be thorough and well-informed with plenty of supporting material. Supporting material must be properly cited.
You are NOT writing a media review! Don’t spend lots of time/space telling me what happens in your media source. The assignment involves theme, message, cultural/historical significance, etc. You’re really trying to explain what it means and why it’s significant. This is supposed to be a critical analysis – not a summary.
Picking the right media message can make this assignment easier and give you detailed material to work with.
Include plenty of examples to support your argument, and focus on three or four significant points. Follow the five stages of the critical process to organize your critique. In order to get full credit, make sure you discuss all of the steps in your presentation. If one step does not apply to your media message, it’s probably a sign that you probably need to pick another example.
The Five Steps
At the minimum your final submission should include:
This assignment is left purposely open-ended. Ove the course of the 2-3 pages, student will choose one particular media channel or delivery platform (e.g. Social Media, TV, Books, Music) and through their own experiences, analyses, evaluation and additional research, formulate an argument for how this media will look in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, and 50 years.
Begin with the Multi-Search (the long search box on the library home page). This searches about half the content to which the library subscribes.
Remember searching in the databases is not like searching in Google! There are specific ways to tell the search engine what you want it to look for. It doesn't have Google algorithms to look for synonyms of the words you type and and it won't correct your spelling!
In the left margin of your results list you will find a list of ways to narrow your results.
The Shapiro Library subscribes numerous databases filled with scholarly articles, book chapters, research reports, statistics, and more from thousands of respected publications. These might help you the most with your COM-125 assignments for Professor Humphreys.
It's true that you can find some high-quality, scholarly articles online. If you're going to search online for articles, make sure to evaluate your sources thoroughly. Check out our Google Like a Librarian guide for search tips or ask a librarian (email@example.com) if you need more help. BEFORE you search in Google Scholar be sure to connect Scholar to the library databases on your computer.