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  1. CMNS 130Research Paper Proposal Sylvia RobertsLiaison Librarian for CommunicationFall 2010

  2. Goals of Research Paper What will you learn by doing this paper? Writing? CMNS? CMNS 130 Fall 2010

  3. Goals of Research Paper • Writing: • Select a suitable essay topic • Find and organize evidence to support your argument • Provide references to show you can find & use suitable information CMNS 130 Fall 2010

  4. Goals of Research Paper • Communication Studies: • Explore some major CMNS research tools and sources • Learn some CMNS language and theories • Expand your understanding of an issue that interests you CMNS 130 Fall 2010

  5. Research Process – first step Choose a viable topic CMNS 130 Fall 2010

  6. Trolling for topics • Start with what you know: • Course readings, tutorial discussions, lectures • Personal interests & observations • Browse issues-based books • Consult government and activist web sites • Scan relevant encyclopedia entries • News stories CMNS 130 Fall 2010

  7. Possible topic Facebook, data-mining and privacy? “When will my social networking dividend cheque show up?... When will they start paying us for a) creating all that content, and b) learning what to buy? ” Smith, Richard. Social networking dividend - the privacy angle (2008). http://arago.cprost.sfu.ca/smith/Members/admin/snd/ CMNS 130 Fall 2010

  8. Focus • Geographic: Canada / world? • Chronological: current issue / key events? • Regulatory angle: • Who regulates this issue? • Who are the main parties on each side and what are their arguments? • What evidence is there for their arguments? CMNS 130 Fall 2010

  9. Facebook, data-mining and privacy? • Alternative terminology? CMNS 130 Fall 2010

  10. Facebook, data-mining and privacy? • Alternative terminology? • Facebook, social media, online social networks • Data-mining, electronic commerce • Privacy, identity CMNS 130 Fall 2010

  11. Step 2 - Searching for literature Relevancy Reliability Recency CMNS 130 research guide CMNS 130 Fall 2010

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  20. Research consultations • Ask a Librarian services http://www.lib.sfu.ca/researchhelp/askus/ • Phone • Chat • Email • in-person CMNS 130 Fall 2010

  21. Research consultations – part 2 Sylvia Roberts Liaison Librarian for CMNS @ SFU VancouverMondays, Tuesdays & alternate WednesdaysBy appointment: sroberts@sfu.ca 778.782.3681 CMNS 130 Fall 2010