Reading, Writing, Research & Analysis

Resources to help you succeed in the course *updated frequently*
  • How to write a Paper Outline
    • The following outline shows a basic format for most academic papers. No matter what length the paper needs to be, it should still follow the format of having an introduction, body, and conclusion. Read over what typically goes in each section of the paper. Use the back of this handout to outline information for your specific paper.
  • Theories of Media :: Keywords Glossary
    • The Keywords of Media Theory began life as an assignment in the course Theories of Media, taught by renowned media scholar W. J. T. Mitchell at the University of Chicago. The Keywords assignment was designed to enable establishing a group of terms that the class could use to bridge their own interdisciplinary backgrounds. Thus, it would serve as a base for the pursuit of an interdisciplinary, theoretical, and historical study of mediums, media, and mediation—both a jumping-off point and a place to return to when discussions became too ethereal.
  • Edwards, Paul. How to Read a Book v5 PDF
    • Using the methods described here, you should be able to read a 300-page book in six to eight hours. Of course, the more time you spend, the more you’ll learn and the better you’ll understand the book. But your time is limited. Here are some strategies to help you do this effectively. Most of these can be applied not only to books, but also to any other kind of non-fiction reading, from articles to websites.
  • Senft, Terri. Workbook for Brainstorming  Your Paper Topics
    • Throughout this guide, I will show you how come up with a paper topic using both the “outside in” and “inside out” techniques. Even if you find yourself drawn to one approach, I recommend you attempt both. Students are often surprised at how much they learn about themselves while doing these exercises, and I wouldn’twant you to miss out on that experience.
  • Senft, Terri. TERRI’S TIPS FOR CLOSE READING (Especially for “hard” theory pieces)
    • Close reading is a method for —comprehending, analyzing and appreciating the context of a given piece of writing.
      As a written document, a close reading looks like an “amped up” version of personal reading notes, designed to help you gain the best understanding of the text you can. In general, close readings are meant for personal use only.
    • By this end of this lesson, students will be ready to use Feedly to curate useful blogs, magazine and newspaper feeds for research; Pocket to clip articles from places online that interest them so that they can read offline at their leisure; and Evernote to begin organizing found online materials along with other images, videos, or prior papers they may have written in other classes. They will also be ready to tackle the next workbook section, which includes a huge list of potentially interesting online reading for them to select and curate for themselves.
  • APA Formatting and Style Guide
  • MLA Formatting and Style Guide
  • Fisher, Caitlin. Tips on university reading + some strategies and questions 
    • asking yourself some basic questions (and then working up to harder ones!) can improve your reading skills and comprehension
  • Database Search Cheat Sheet from Concordia


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