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CMN 456: Propaganda and Persuasion (UNH Durham)

Resources and strategies to support case-study assignment in Prof. Jennifer Borda's class.

Scholarly Resources

Articles from scholarly, academic, peer-reviewed, and refereed journals are considered highly credible because they have undergone a peer-review process.They are written by people who have studied their subject deeply and have been reviewed by other people with similar expertise and experience. These articles are typically well sourced, including references to past research through footnotes or a reference list at the end of the article.

It's useful to know who funded the research to help determine if there's possible sponsorship bias, which is the tendency for the methods and results of a study to support the interests of the financial sponsor. This information should be provided in the article, though is less common in older articles when publishers didn't require that funding/sponsorship information be included. Also, keep aware of the dates of the studies you're using and include recent research, when possible.

Scholarly articles can be found by using one or more of the following:

  • the library search box on the library homepage - searches across all disciplines
  • Specialized databases - more comprehensive coverage of specific disciplines or subjects; see below for recommendations
  • Google Scholar
  • Checking the reference lists in articles you find

Library Search Box

Specialized Databases

Google Scholar

Keyword searching across citations, abstracts and full text of articles (even if the full text isn't available to you).

Advantages:

  • identify relevant articles, especially if your search is pretty specific.
  • useful for exploratory purposes or when you're "covering all the bases"

Disadvantages:

  • hard to organize or sort in useful ways
  • unable to search by subject or limit by anything other than time

Enhance efficiency by adjusting these Google Scholar settings so that

  • Library Links shows library access links to UNH (so you have quicker access to full text that UNH is subscribing to)

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