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MDSA01: Introduction to Media Studies

Resources that will help you complete all assignments for this course.

Encyclopedia - FAQ

Why use encyclopedias?  

To find:

  • definitions of terms, keywords
  • background information
  • ideas to start your search

Why avoid encyclopedias?  

Encyclopedias are only meant to give you basic background information to help you understand your topic.

How are library encyclopedias different from Wikipedia? 

Online and print encyclopedias from the Library have been checked for accuracy and quality.  Wikipedia hasn't although it can often point you in the direction of quality, scholarly information.