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Social Media

Use this guide to find credible sources for your research on the effects of online social networking on relationships

Key Search Words

Use the words below to search for useful information in books, ebooks, and more in WorldCat, the MJC Library catalog, and for articles in our databases.

To access eBooks if you're off campus, you'll need to log in using your MJC student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

  • social media
  • social networking
  • online social networks
  • interpersonal communication technological innovations
  • internet social aspects
  • social interaction technological innovations

Start Learning About Your Topic

Background Reading:

It's important to begin your research learning something about your subject; in fact, you won't be able to create a focused, manageable thesis unless you already know something about your topic.

This step is important so that you will:

  • Begin building your core knowledge about your topic
  • Be able to put your topic in context
  • Create research questions that drive your search for information
  • Create a list of search terms that will help you find relevant information
  • Know if the information you’re finding is relevant and useful

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

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Create Research Questions to Focus Your Topic

Social media is a multi-dimensional topic that covers complex issues involving personal and cultural communication, psychology, politics, social practices, and more. You could concentrate on one set of issues and do in-depth research on that or use several of the questions below to focus on the topic more generally.

  • What is social media?
  • Who is socializing online?
  • Why do people use social media?
  • Do people interact differently online than in person?
  • What effect does social media have on individuals?
  • What effect does social media have on society?

Featured Books @ The Library

Why You Use Books:

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. WorldCat logo

Where Do I Find Books?

Search WorldCat using the Key Search Words in this guide, or use words more specific to your topic to discover books, eBooks, videos, and more for your research. Use the search bar below to begin your search:

  


For complete instructions on using WorldCat check out our WorldCat research guide.

To access eBooks if you're off campus, you'll need to log in using your MJC student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

Featured Books:

Here are some great books to get you started exploring your topic.

Find Articles in Library Databases

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff.

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

Web Sites

Use the Web to explore cutting-edge topics and to read current information.

Google Scholar is a great way to use Google to find scholarly information on the Web. Search Google Scholar below:

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Cite Your Sources

Your teacher should have told you what style you should use.

Click on a citation style below to learn how to cite your sources and format your paper using that style.