Choose one of the following options:
Genre Analysis: This project asks you to synthesize how genres structure and are structured by music, musicians, producers, executives, journalists, critics, or fans. Possible genres include salsa, ska, reggae, hip-hop, R&B, rock, country, jazz, folk, singer-songwriters, alternative, disco, grunge, metal, etc. You may also wish to consider how the music and/or radio industries use genres for marketing purposes or how genre borders change over time. This option may take the form of a theoretical piece or a research study. At a useful point in the project, you must demonstrate how scholars have synthesized genres.
Cultural Site or Event: This option situates your research in a musical or otherwise sonic setting and requires you to learn the craft of the ethnographer. You will place yourself in a specific scene for the purpose of description and documentation (e.g., the city or country, broadly speaking, or a record store, radio station, performance hall, concert, festival, bar, street corner, train station, etc.). You should take copious notes and construct a thick description of what you observe. Pay attention to the event as a whole and the messages of the musical text in the broader context of an industry or audience. At a useful point in the project, you must demonstrate how scholars have described similar events.
Genealogical Analysis: This project asks you to construct and analyze the genealogy of a popular musical phenomenon. Your project might trace the history of a subject (artist) or object (song), analyzing the breaks and identifying the ruptures related to a particular idea. Examples abound, from the story of animal rock bands to the lineage of roots music. At a useful point in the project, you must demonstrate how scholars have analyzed the phenomenon or approached genealogical analyses in general.
Media Criticism: This option requires you to critique a topic related to sonic or musical culture. You can choose to read any box set, album, soundtrack, book, film, music video, etc. not assigned for the course; if you choose a book or film, consider one that is historical, biographical, autobiographical, etc., such as the life story of Adele, Drake, etc. You may critique one text or compare and contrast two or more texts. At a useful point in the project, you must demonstrate how scholars have critiqued a similar class of texts.
Lyrical Analysis: This option focuses on song lyrics, emphasizing how lyrics are messages sent by messengers. Projects can interpret a single song or several songs within the context of a particular album. At a useful point in the project, you must demonstrate how scholars have interpreted the song or a similar class of songs.
Other options include:
Each paper will require at three scholarly sources, defined here as book chapters or journal articles; this requirement is in addition to any popular or trade press articles that you wish to use. Be sure to include at least one article from
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For a title list of available journals, or more details about how to use this service, select LibAnswers from the LibGuides drop down menu on the library's homepage and search by "Taylor & Francis".
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Librarians use Google Scholar frequently, but it is not a replacement for the library databases.
We recommend using Google Scholar to supplement your JWU Library database searches, not replace them.
Relying on Google Scholar alone will cause you to miss important research, and spend a lot of time verifying if an article is peer reviewed. But, it is still a great tool for comprehensive searching!
Google Scholar is very similar to Google; you can use many of the same search options.
communication class celebrity
"Gendering Mental Distress in Celebrity Culture"
(film OR movie)
You can also use the advanced Google Scholar search to create your search string. Creating a complex Google Scholar search can be difficult.
A good Google Scholar strategy is to try multiple searches, adjusting your keywords with each search.
Use the Cited by link to find articles and books that cite a specific article.
The cited by feature is a great way to find more recent articles and to trace an idea from its original source up to the present.
For more complex searches, try Google Scholar's Advanced Search page.
Follow these steps to manually link Google Scholar to the JWU Library collection:
Now when you search Google Scholar, you will see Find at JWU links to the right of articles it thinks we have in the Library.
When you click on Find @ JWU you will be asked to log in with your JWU username and password.
You may see a list of databases that contain the article. Pay attention to the years, as not all databases will have the same coverage years. Click on the database you want to try and it should take you to the article.
Adapted from: Walden University Library, "Search Google Scholar." Walden University Library. Walden University. 2022, Web. 11.14.2022
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