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MSCM 275: Info Gathering  

Survey of research strategies, methods, techniques, and sources; process of evaluating, preparing, and presenting information. Includes personal observation, interviewing, documentary, and database searches.
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Welcome to Info Gathering!

"Information gathering takes up more of the
media writer's time than any other activity."

-Lauren Kessler and Duncan McDonald, The Search


Where Do I Start?

Develop a Search Strategy:

  • Write your topic as a question.
  • Think of as many words as you can to describe your topic. Add more words, subject headings, and public policy terms that you find as you search.
  • Combine the terms for your online searching using Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) to get more relevant sources.

  • Think about what you already know about your topic. What more do you want to know?

  • Take time to explore what kind of information is available.  See what others have published in books or periodical articles.

  • Be open to new ideas:  Modify your topic as you discover more information.


  • Research is a process. 

  • It takes time to search and to think about what you find and how it fits with your topic.



Contact Susan Whyte

phone: (503)883-2517;



How to use this guide

Use the tabs at the top of the guide to navigate through the various research areas you will explore while working on your projects. Depending on your topic, different resources may be more valuable than others, so be sure to take a look at all the research options we have available. And remember that librarians are always standing by if you are in need of help!


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