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Social Media: Research Social Media

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

Research Social Media

Key Search Words

Using the right words when you search can help you find more and better resources.

  • 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

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Explore Your Topic Further

Use these databases below to delve more deeply into specific aspects of your topic.

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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:

Google Scholar Search

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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.

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