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Mann Library supports the instruction, research, and extension programs of Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Human Ecology.

No matter where you are in the research process, we encourage you to ask for information consulting services. Email us your question or request a consultation. Reference librarians are here to assist.

Getting Started with Research

This guide is an overview of the most valuable print and electronic resources for research in the field of Communication; it will help you find books, popular and scholarly articles and other sources about a particular communication topic.

By the end of this tutorial you will:

  • Know the difference between primary & secondary sources, web and library resources, and popular and scholarly sources
  • Understand the sources for scholarly resources in Communication & news articles at Cornell University Library, and know how to search them for sources for your research project.
  • Understand that there are different but equally valid ways of conducting your research:
    • You can start by finding news or other popular information on your topic, and then searching for related scholarly articles
    • Or, it's just as valid to start your research by looking for scientific studies on your topic, and then searching through the popular press and the Web for further information.
  • Be able to store, organize and manage your references using Zotero.

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Mann Library Reference

For one-on-one assistance:

Selena Bryant

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Selena Bryant
Teaching and Learning Librarian

Jim Morris-Knower

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