CH 2 Theory - such as Communication Abstracts and Academic...

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The Research Process: Getting Started
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Role of Theory in Research Provides patterns for interpreting data Links studies to one another Provides framework for understanding significance of various concepts and their relationships Helps to interpret larger meaning of research findings
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Relationship between Theory and Research theory data deductive inductive
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Identifying Your Topic Brainstorm communication topics that have personal interest, societal importance, and/or theoretical significance Browse existing literature to get ideas
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Honing Your Topic Identify key concepts & relationships Identify potential keywords Try keyword searches in databases
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Unformatted text preview: such as Communication Abstracts and Academic Search Premier Keep track of what you try and your results Adjust your question if necessary Reviewing the Literature Limit your research to articles from scholarly research journals Use the reference lists of textbooks or scholarly journal articles to find other good scholarly articles on your topic Locating articles can take a lot of time, but reserve plenty of time to read them! Take notes as you read Finally Identify gaps in the existing literature Pose your hypothesis or research question(s) Operationalize your research...
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