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Communication and Media Studies

Research assistance for Communication and Media Studies scholars

Constructing Your Search Statement

1. State your research question in a clear sentence.
Is Asian media more graphic in its description of violent crimes? I'm specifically interested in Tokyo.

2. Identify the concepts in your research question.
media and Asia and violence

3. Think of related terms (connected by or) which might also describe your concepts.
(television or tv or newspapers or radio or media) and (Asia or Japan or Tokyo) and (violence or murder)

4. Apply special features and put together your statement.
(television or tv or newspapers or radio or media) and (Asia* or Japan* or Tokyo) and (violen* or murder*)

Note that parentheses are only needed when OR and ANDs are used in the same box.

Searching Tips: Special Features

Use a wildcard (sometimes called truncation) whenever appropriate. The wildcard character is usually an asterisk.

Example: slave* will retrieve slave, slaves, slavery, etc.

Beware the "phrase-searching trap"! In many databases, such as those provided through EBSCO, putting all your search terms in one box only brings back exact matches to the phrase.

Full text may be available in another database, so be sure to click on the "Check for Full Text" link!

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