Before starting your research, you need to have a clear idea of what you are looking for. Always review your assignment requirements to determine the scope of your project, how many sources you need, and what type of sources are required.
For your Argument Essay assignment, your paper is required to
When researching your topic, it's important to understand the differences between primary and secondary sources. Here are some general definitions and examples.
Primary Sources provide direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person or work of art and are usually written or created during the time under study. Your primary source(s) will be your senior-citizen interview(s). Other examples of primary sources include articles presenting original research and data, archival materials (like letters, diaries, photographs, etc.), and newspaper articles reporting on current events.
Secondary sources interpret, comment on, analyze, or review information from primary sources and can be written after the time under study. Examples include articles in journals that review or interpret previous research or events and most non-fiction books, including textbooks, biographies, and history books. For your project, your 3 secondary sources need to be from scholarly peer-reviewed journals. They will provide context and background information on your primary source interview(s).
The best place to find scholarly peer-reviewed secondary sources is to use the library databases. While most databases do have search limiters that allow you to specify that you are only looking for peer-reviewed sources, it is still helpful to understand the major differences between scholarly and popular sources.
Popular Source: The New Yorker
Scholarly Source: The Journal of Advanced Composition
In preparation for conducting your senior-citizen interview(s), doing some preliminary research on your general topic will help you generate questions for your interview, formulate research questions for your essay, and focus your research project.
Your assignment includes some questions to help you get started on your research on the general topic of communication in the mid-twentieth century: