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COMM141: Visual Rhetoric

Class research guide for COMM141: Visual Rhetoric, curated by your liaison librarian

Liaison Librarian

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Sarah McClure Kolk
Office: HL407
(for 2023-2024 academic year)

Try Different Search Terms!

Be creative and try searching with synonyms, abbreviations, acronyms, or even scientific terms.

When researching about the issue or topic, try:

  • Public Opinion
  • Awareness
  • Attitudes
  • Behavior
  • Prevention
  • Intervention

For researching public health campaigns, try:

  • Public health communication
  • Health promotion
  • Health risk communication

Or for broader understandings of PSAs, advertising, media, and/or visual rhetoric:

  • Public service advertising
  • Public service announcements
  • Media campaigns
  • Advertising campaigns

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Welcome to Your Research Guide for COMM141!

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Note that if you're off-campus, one of the most important tips for exploring research resources is to start at the library homepage, so you'll be recognized as a Calvin user when connecting to the library's databases and ebooks (when you're prompted to login, enter your Calvin username and passphrase).

Finding Research

For this project you'll be researching a public health issue or problem that has prompted a persuasive (PSA) campaign.

You'll be looking for research about:

  • The problem or issue itself - causes and effects, who is most impacted, extent and scope, etc.
  • How this issue/problem has been addressed through persuasive communication campaigns. This may include your chosen campaign but also other persuasive campaigns that address the same issue or may be similar. What strategies have been effective (or not), etc?
  • For your own poster PSA, then, research your own audience (Calvin students) - their attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs about the problem. You may also want to research college students broadly.

Campaign and Sponsor Websites

It's unlikely that you will find research directly related to your chosen health campaign. But it may exist; you could still check on the website of your campaign or its sponsoring organization or agency. (Look for links to areas such as "About" or "Resources.")

Credible Websites for Public Health (Consumer Info)

Scholarly Journal Articles

Other Resources

If you're using GoogleScholar from off-campus, watch this video on how to link your Google search to Hekman Library to activate the Full-Text@Hekman service:

Youtube Video - How to Link Google Scholar to Hekman Library

Chasing Citations

Use this handout to help you know how to search for bibliographic citations: