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COMM COR 2020 - Introduction to Research Methods - Harken

Finding Qualitative Research in CMMC

Finding Qualitative Research with CMMC
(Communication and Mass Media Complete)


Plan A

In the first line search for qualitative research as a Subject
In the second line search for your topic e.g. audience* (audience, audiences)

To find qualitative research in CMMC, type the words qualitative research in the first blank as a subject search. Then type your topic in the second blank.

 

There are many other specific types of Qualitative Research that can be searched for in CMMC including: 
Case Studies*, Conversation Analysis, Ethnographic Analysis, Focus Groups, Grounded Theory,
Interviewing*, Narrative Inquiry,
and Phenomenology.

*Note - Case Studies and Interviews can involve either Quantitative or Qualitative methods.

 


Plan B

In the first line search for case studies as a Subject
In the second line search for your topic e.g. bilingual, bilingualism, multilingual, multilingualism
* Note - a case study can involve either qualitative or quantitative methods - be sure to review the methodology and results.

 

To search for a specific type of qualitative research known as case study - type "case studied" in the first search blank and set it to "subject" search. Type your topic in the second (and third) search blanks.

 


Plan C

In the first line search for conversation analysis as a Subject
In the second line search for your topic e.g. audience* (audience, audiences)

Another qualitative form of research on communication studies is conversation analysis. Type conversation analysis into the first search blank - as a subject search - and then type your topic into the second search blank.

 


Plan D

In the first line search for ethnographic analysis as a Subject
In the second line search for your topic e.g. journalism OR mass media

To search for ethnographic analysis (a type of qualitative study) in the database CMMC - type "ethnographic analysis" in the first search blank and limit to "subject". Type your topic in the second (and third) search blank.

 


Plan E

In the first line search for focus groups as a Subject
In the second line search for your topic e.g. social media

Qualitative studies often use focus groups. Try searching for focus groups as a subject search in the first blank of CMMC and then type your topic in the second blank.

 


Plan F

In the first line search for grounded theory as a Subject
In the second line search for your topic e.g. broadcasting OR journalism OR mass media

 

To search for grounded theory (a type of qualitative research) in CMMC, type "grounded theory" in the first search blank and limit that to "subject". Type your topic in the second (and third) search blanks.

 


Plan G

In the first line search for interviewing as a Subject
In the second line search for your topic e.g. family relations
* Note - interviewing can involve either qualitative or quantitative methods - be sure to review the methodology and results.

Interviewing can involve either qualitative or quantitative methodologies. To locate studies in CMMC that utilize "interviewing" type "interviewing" in the first search blank and limit to "subject". Type your search in the second (and third) blanks.

 


Plan H

In the first line search for narrative inquiry as a Subject
In the second line search for your topic e.g. journalism

To search for studies that used narrative inquiry (a form of qualitative research) type "narrative inquiry" in the first search blank and set to SU Subject Terms. Type your topic in the second (and third) search blanks.

 


Plan I

In the first line search for phenomenology as a Subject
In the second line search for your topic e.g. social media OR digital media OR cyberspace

To look for articles that use phenomenology (a type of qualitative research) in the database CMMC, type "phenomenology" in the first search blank and limit it so "subject". Type your topic in the second (and third) search blanks.

 

   
Plan J   (Searching for all types of research - inspecting results for qualitative research)

This method is used to find any type of research including both quantitative and qualitative research.
It attempts to tease out research by searching for common parts of a research article: the Methods or Methodology section, the Results section, and the Discussion section.

In the first line search for Method* AND Results AND Discussion as a TX All Text.
Separate each word in the first search blank with the command AND
In the second line search for your topic e.g. politic*

The asterisk * is used to find either Methods or Methodology and all forms of the word politic, politics, political, politician, politicians

The TX All Text command searches the entire contents of an article (in the case for Methods or Methodology, Results, Discussion)

Important *** Because this technique finds ALL types of research you will need to select qualitative research articles from among the results.

One technique for finding research articles is to search the full text of articles for the words Method or Methodology and Results and Discussion. Use the asterisk at the end of Method. Separate Method*, Results, Discussion with the command "AND" . Limit the search blank to TX All Text. Type your topic in the second (and third) search blanks.

Finding Qualitative Research in Communication Studies using APA PsycInfo

Finding Qualitative Research with APA PsycInfo
(APA PsycInfo)


There are four steps to take before searching when you want to find qualitative research articles using APA PsycInfo.

First Step -scroll down the search until you find the option Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals (check this box) 
Second Step - scroll farther down to the bottom of the search page where you'll find the box Methodology.
Third Step - scroll through the options in the Methodology box and highlight the QUALITATIVE STUDY option.
Fourth Step - check the box labeled Exclude Dissertations (found directly under the Methodology box).

 

To set APA PsycInfo to Qualitative Studies scroll to the bottom of the search page and then scroll through the Methodology options. Also set the search to Scholarly Peer Reviewed Journals and to exclude dissertations.

 

Now you are ready to search - but remember, PsycInfo is not a "Communication Studies" database - so it might need some help.

For instance in the first line search you might type communication as a Subject [SU Subjects]
In the second line search for your topic e.g. political campaigns 

 To focus APA PsycInfo on communication studies research type the word communication in the first blank and set it to subject search, then type your topic in the second search blank.