Research For Business Communication

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Doing research on business communication. For a 2000-level Speech Communication course on business communication.

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  • Why do we need to think about synonyms for the concepts we’re researching? Different authors write for different audiences using different words. Computers are usually not very good at grasping related concepts. You need to tell them what to look for.
  • Library web site overview How to contact a librarian How to find course guide for this class guide has copy of the presentation
  • i.e., communication re: GM bankruptcy, cash for clunkers
  • Research For Business Communication

    1. 1. Research for Business Communication Amber Prentiss, Reference/Instruction Librarian [email_address]
    2. 2. Why Do Research? <ul><li>New insights into familiar topics </li></ul><ul><li>“Time has shown” “All the research says” and “Everyone knows that” ≠ proof </li></ul><ul><li>Improves credibility </li></ul>
    3. 3. Generating Topics: Starting Points <ul><li>Readings </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture </li></ul><ul><li>Class discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Presearching </li></ul><ul><li>Daily life </li></ul><ul><li>Personal interests </li></ul>
    4. 4. Generating Topics: Example <ul><li>News story: Multitasking has a negative affect on productivity. </li></ul><ul><li>Related research question: How do email and social networking affect worker productivity? </li></ul>
    5. 5. Topic to Search <ul><li>How do email and social networking affect worker productivity? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the main concepts? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Synonyms? </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Using the Library Site for Research <ul><li>www.libs.uga.edu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask a Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course guides ( guides.libs.uga.edu /course-guides ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GALILEO@UGA (databases) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Off-campus password: reformed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication & Mass Media Complete </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Business Source Complete </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GIL (library catalog: books and print journals) </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Search Tips <ul><li>Use advanced search </li></ul><ul><li>Use AND to get fewer results </li></ul><ul><li>Use OR to get more results </li></ul>
    8. 8. Using AND & OR email AND productivity email OR “social networking” productivity email “ social networking” email
    9. 9. Using AND & OR productivity AND (email OR “social networking) productivity “ social networking” email
    10. 10. Search Tips <ul><li>Use * to expand root words </li></ul><ul><ul><li>communicat* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>communicate, communicating, communication… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Use quotes for “phrase searching” </li></ul><ul><li>Change results ranking to relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Set date range for time-sensitive topics </li></ul>
    11. 11. Research to Presentation <ul><li>NOT THIS ✖ </li></ul><ul><li>“ If you look across e-mail and social networks, database and phone, the surprise was that overall, IT use is not associated with an increase in speed. In fact, it's associated with slower speed. But we found that heavier IT users are much heavier multitaskers, so over time, they're completing more projects and bringing in more money for the firm.’” </li></ul><ul><li>THIS ✔ </li></ul><ul><li>Higher employee IT use </li></ul><ul><li>slower speed </li></ul><ul><li>higher multitasking </li></ul><ul><li>more projects completed </li></ul><ul><li>more revenue generated </li></ul>Melymuka, K. (2007, February 26). How IT Makes Johnny More productive. Computerworld , 41 (9), 33-33.
    12. 12. Research to Presentation <ul><li>NOT THIS ✖ </li></ul><ul><li>“ In IABC's survey, 47 percent of respondents said they receive too much e - mail and text messages; this compares with 48 percent of senior executives surveyed by NFI Research in more than 50 countries. Fifteen percent of IABC communicators said they receive considerably too much e - mail , compared with 33 percent of the executives. A third of the communicators (37 percent) surveyed believed they receive just the right amount, compared with only 13 percent of executives. ” </li></ul>THIS ✔ Williams, T., & Williams, R. (2006, November). Too much e-mail!. Communication World , 23 (6), 38-41. Retrieved September 10, 2008

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