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This guide will assist undergraduate communication students in developing and writing their senior thesis paper for COMM 1950.

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Communication Capstone - Greensburg Campus

This guide will assist you in developing your research topic and subsequent paper for COMM 1950: Communication Capstone or for other projects in communication studies.  It will also provide you with links to helpful sites and people.

According to the UPG program sheet for communication, this discipline "investigates a broad range of topics and incorporates knowledge acquired from other fields...including psychology, sociology, anthropology and linguistics." 

The Research Process in a Nutshell

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject. For example:
    • mass media
    • rhetorical criticism
    • social exchange theory
    • viral marketing
    • word-of-mouth (WOM) advertising
  • Search PITTCat+ and subject oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

These sample worksheets will help you refine your research topic and understand how to evaluate a scholarly journal article. 

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