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JOUR 4040 History of News Media: Getting

What does an A paper look like?

The Atlanta Review of Journalism History is published by the GSU Journalism History Society and includes excellent examples of Jour 4040 papers.

Chicago Style

Some Library Basics

Getting started on your Jour 4040 paper

This is a long paper of a type you're probably not used to writing. Don't panic! Here are some strategies to keep in mind:

  • Start with secondary sources. Start with books and journal articles instead of diving right into historical newspapers. These secondary sources give you background information that you'll need.
  • Use your secondary sources to discover primary sources. Any book or article by a historian will probably cite primary sources that you can locate and use.
  • Discover the proper nouns. It's often harder to search historical newspaper articles by topic since they don't have subject headings. Searching for individuals, places and named events helps.
  • Check other libraries for the newspapers you need if GSU doesn't have them. You can request newspapers on microfilm by interlibrary Loan (ILL). Check Worldcat to see if another library has what you need.

To Get You Started: Reference Materials

These are just a few suggested reference sources to get you started. Check the reference section on Library North 2 for more.