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Communication: Start Your Research

Getting Started

This page contains information you may find helpful when starting off a research project, from figuring out your topic to identifying keywords.

The Research Process

Finding Information for Your Speech

Credo Reference: Social Sciences

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Using Credo Reference to Start your Research

Credo Reference is a database that Joyner Library has access to that will be of great use to you as your start your research. The database includes many reference books like encyclopedias, dictionaries, and more. Two other things that will be helpful in coming up with keywords and ideas for your research are their mind maps (pictured below) and their pro/con research tools, which shows both sides of current issues.

To use Credo Reference to develop your topic, you may want to try:

  • Read short encyclopedia entries on topics related to your field of study (search: communications, mass media, intercultural communication, etc.)
  • Search in the mind maps for keywords and related terms that might help you
  • Look at the Topic Pages for more information 

Here is a video that shows you how to use the Credo Mindmap, as well as a link to a mindmap about communication.


Generating Keywords

Click through this Powerpoint presentation in order to learn how to develop keywords to search a database.