Group Presentation to Demonstrate a Skill (10 - 15 minutes; 200 points)
According to Sue DeWine, prominent organizational communication scholar and consultant, most managers spend 2 -3 days a week in unproductive meetings. This assignment gives you the opportunity to practice effective team-communication skills while developing a 10-15 minute demonstration of a skill described in Chapters 2 - 6 of your textbook, Human Communication: The Basic Course (12th ed; by Joseph A. DeVito).
Individual Presentation - Book Report/Critique (5 - 7 minutes; 200 points)
Librarian talk about Getting Started!
Carefully examine the chapter you have been assigned or from which your topic is taken. Make a list of possible keywords and keyword phrases to try in the library catalog and article databases. Begin with examinng chapter and section headings that apply to your topic.
Each chapter has a list of key terms at the end of the chapter. Select the ones that fit the skill, theory, or self-help topic you are researching. Even if your beginning keywords only locate a few sources, you can examine those to suggest other keywords you might try.
Search terms may also include the specific communication theory and the names of researchers connected with the theory (as an author or subject) as search terms. Browse this alphabetic list of communication theories.
As you locate useful sources, examine the references they used in developing their research and locate the ones that sound the most useful or relevant. Using a variety of strategies will result in a wider choice of sources, so you can choose the ones that best support your arguments.
More about Choosing Keywords (30 sec.)
|Librarian Talk about Books!
|Suggested Key Words for Chapters 7 - 13|
|Chapter 7 : Interpersonal Communication, Conversation||
Chapter 8: Interpersonal Relationship Stages & Theories
|Chapter 9: Friends, Lovers, and Families|
|Chapter 10: Small Group Communication||
|Chapter 11: Members and Leaders|
|Chapter 12: Interpersonal and Small Group Conflict|
|Chapter 13: Human Communication in the Workplace; Organizational Communication|
|Librarian Talk about Finding Journal and Newspaper Articles!
Electronic databases are purchased by the libraries for your research use. Use them to find articles in newspapers and journals, letters, reference books, illustrations, photographs and more. In most databases, look for easy to use limits that allow you to refine your search once you have a list of search results. For example, limit your search results to 'Full-text' to find article references that link to the entire article.
If you need to locate the text of an article, contact the Reference Librarians and they will help you find or request the article. They will need full bibliographic information - and your name and email address. Send your phone number as well, so they can contact you if necessary.
Access databases from off-campus with the 14-digit barcode number on the back of your LSCS ID.
Search for research on specific communication theories or models. *Tip: Select the "Subjects" or "Subject Headings" link at the top of the database screen to explore subject terms that include the key term 'communication' for suggestions on keywords for more successful searching in the databases. Limit your search results to 'Scholarly' or 'Peer-Reviewed' articles to find research.
All subject areas:
Academic Search Complete
Communication processes & interpersonal communication and relationships:
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Organizational, mass media, advertising, public relations & consumer behavior:
Business Source Complete
CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health)
|Librarian Talk about the Internet!
Internet searches, such as Google Scholar, will help you locate even scholarly resources on the internet.; however, the full-text of the articles you identify may not be available without a charge. If you locate articles through Google Scholar or other internet sources, search our A-Z database for the journal title or request the article through interlibrary loan.
You can also use the internet as a starting place for more background information to help you improve your searches in the article databases. To identify a reputable or reliable source, evaluate the page or site using these guidelines:
For more help in evaluating a web page or web site, use the LSCS Libraries' Evaluating Information Checklist.
Cloud computing provides many opportunities for groups to create, share, discuss and store group projects without having to meet in person. Take a look at the LSC-Kingwood's Community Group - About Student Success. We've put together tips and videos to introduce you to some of these in our Technology for Students folder. For full access, login to ANGEL. Below your class links, look for Community Groups. Select the link to "Find a Group." Search or browse for "About Student Success from the Library, Learning Center, and Library" and enroll. In addition to our section on technology, there are tips from the Learning Center and more from the Library on finding, organizing and presenting information!
|Librarian Talk...About Getting Help
Support for a successful paper is more than finding the right resources. Putting it all together takes time and effort. Sometimes it takes additional help from the librarians or tutors. Please consider the following aids.
Avoiding Plagiarism | Excellent information and guide on how to avoid plagiarism from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.
University of Texas Copyright Crash Course | This helpful guide on copyright is suggested by Lone Star College-Kingwood Teaching and Learning Center.Questions about your assignment? Email your instructor, Professor Moode, using your ANGEL in-class email. Questions about APA format or using library resources? See below for ways to contact your librarian!
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