This guide is intended to help students with research assignments in History of Broadcasting courses taught by Professor Donna Acerra with an emphasis on the media history project and identifying sources in the library's collections for your chosen topic. Review the assignment prompt and basic guidelines below and then use the other pages of the guide to help you with your research.
Your class also has an embedded librarian in Blackboard, who you can contact directly or meet with for more help. If your embedded librarian is not available, you can also work with other NCC librarians by visiting us in person at the research help desks in the libraries, messaging us through our Ask the Librarian chat, emailing your questions, calling us, or scheduling a Book a Librarian appointment.
Request a Book a Librarian research consultation to meet or video chat on a day and time convenient to your schedule.
For your final project in this class, you will be selecting a person or theme from your professor's "They Were There Too” topic suggestion list to research in detail. With the information you learned about that topic through your research, you'll complete an outline, write a narrative script, and then create a podcast (if you're a Media major) or a narrated Pecha Kucha 20 x 20 slide presentation.
As part of your research, you'll need to identify a minimum of 4 usable sources to help you tell the story of your person or analyze your theme. Write a question your podcast or presentation will answer -- this can help you narrow your focus as you research. When you submit your outline, your 4 (or more) sources should be included and cited in MLA format.
Review the assignment's full details in your Blackboard course site to make sure you aren't missing any other pieces.
The library's collection is rich with materials about the history of broadcasting, radio, and history. Want to browse through some of what we have? Need some inspiration to help you decide on a specific topic to research? See some highlighted resources below.
Interested in borrowing one or more of these items? Visit our collections in-person or request items using our Library to Go and Library to Go PLUS service. Entries and chapters of titles in the reference collections will need to be photocopied or digitally scanned. Work with a librarian if you have questions or need help.