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Use this guide to get started with your research for PHIL 106: Language, Knowledge, and Power
Your paper assignment for PHIL 106 asks you to identify and engage with one or more popular media sources that are related to a real-world language phenomenon of your choosing and one theoretical text from the course. This page highlights a variety of sources that you might consult to identify a topic of interest and select the popular media source(s) you will use in your analysis.
There are a myriad of places to go to find popular media and news content. These library databases provide great coverage of a wide number of national and regional newspapers, and are good starting points for news coverage.
Access World News
Find global information on topics related to business and economics, the environment, global issues, health, international studies, literature, performing and fine arts, politics and government, science, social issues, technology and more from a variety of news media featuring newspapers, videos and web-only content.
News & Newspapers (ProQuest)
Contains all of the news content provided to Puget Sound by ProQuest. Includes alternative, national, international, local and historical news.
Provides cover-to-cover full text for national (U.S.) newspapers and selective full text for regional (U.S.) newspapers.
A full text database comprised of articles from alternative and independent press newspapers, magazines and journals.
You may also choose to search for your secondary sources in a single publication, such as the online sources listed below:
New York Times (nytimes.com)
Full and unlimited access to all of the content on The New York Times web site. Users must register and log in. Once you’ve registered for an account, which you must do from within the campus network (i.e. on-campus), you may “log in” to that account from anywhere, anytime. In order to register from off-campus you may utilize vDesk. Technology Services provides information on utilizing vDesk: https://www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices-services/technology-services/vdesk-2/
Once on the campus network, or connected to vDesk, to register go to: https://nytimesineducation.com/access-nyt/
and search for "University of Puget Sound." Click "Create Account" and complete the registration fields using your @pugetsound.edu email address. If you have previously registered your email address on The NYT site, click the "Already have an account? Log in here" link just below the "Create Account" button.
Access to the nytimes.com is partially supported by a contribution from ASUPS.
Secondary sources that feature or describe language phenomena need not only be textual. You may discover a podcast or video that discusses the real-world phenomenon you wish to explore. There are thousands of podcasts and videos that span a broad range of topics. Below are links to platforms where you can search for media sources, as well as a few podcast series that might be of interest.
These interactive tools are useful for analyzing language phenomena in a variety of contexts.
Created by Professor Mark Davies at BYU. Each corpora contains millions of words and have many different applications, including finding the frequency of words, phrases, and collocates; looking at language variation and change; and gaining insight into culture.
Google Books NGram Viewer
Use Google Books to chart word usage! This is the classic interface designed by Google which allows users to plot single words and short phrases over time in a large subset (~5 million books) of the corpus.
Offers general information on hashtags and allows users to find out the top trending hashtags in different genres.
Shows the latest Twitter trending hashtags and topics from anywhere in the world (offer free one week trial).
Social media search engine including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. Has simple filters and analytics, including sentiment analysis. Free account limit to 100 searches.
Peer Research Advising
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