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dannisteen | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 6, 2008 at 5:26 PM via web

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Research Help on Functionalism, Conflict and Interactionism Perspectives and Mass Media.   

I am doing research on functionalism, conflict and interactionism perspectives and mass media.  Any suggestions how to find research on this topic? 

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sjp | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 6, 2008 at 6:34 PM (Answer #2)

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Tricky. 

When researching several perspectives, it is usually best to research each perspective individually. This will give you a much larger pool of research to draw from. It will also allow you to draw your own conclusions as you compare the different perspectives.

I would google the terms individually. For example "functionalism mass media" then "conflict mass media" then "interactionism mass media." When doing an Internet search you don't need to include common words such as "and" "in" or "the" since they don't help to refine your search.

Depending on the purpose of the research, you may want to limit your search to scholarly articles (click on "more" above the google bar, then select "Scholar"). The benefit of this is that the information will be more reliable and scientific, the drawback is that they can be more challenging to read and synthesize. 

Good luck! 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 26, 2011 at 1:32 PM (Answer #3)

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Your username does not indicate your grade level. If you are a college student, you can go to your school library and ask the research librarian for help. The librarian will show you which databases to access that are most likely to have the information you need. You are much more likely to find something useful this way. Librarians are highly skilled at research and will be able to find what you need faster, and show you how to do it in the future.

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