When I wrote my first essay for media and society, I struggled to find articles to support my arguments. I know some of you will have heard of Google scholar previously but this search engine was introduced to me by a friend from another university and it helped me so much to find other material to back up my essay.
Google scholar is an online search engine which allows users to source physical and online articles and books. It searches a large selection of sources from universities, academic studies, professional societies, online repositories, etc. Like google, what you search is ranked so the most relevant result will be listed first. Whats also interesting is that you can view how many times the article has been cited, this can help validated how trusted the author may or may not be. Below is an advanced search box which, allows you to go into detail as to what sort of text you are looking for. As a student, you have access to countless databases that cover a wide variety of disciplines and areas of research all for free! and you do not even need to leave your dorm room.
I have attached a link to Google scholar and also a few articles I have found using the search engine, relating to future lecture topics.