1. Come up with a question. Tap into your scientific curiosity; there are very few limits here, you could go in thousands of different directions. Think about things that you’re interested in, questions that you’re legitimately invested in trying to answer. The only requirements: it needs to be a question about media in some way, shape, or form, and it needs to be a question that science can attempt to answer. See the assigned reading for this week to gain a better understanding of the kinds of questions science can and can’t address. In your essay, provide a brief background (first paragraph) in which you discuss how you came to this question and clearly state the question itself .
2. Find a primary, scientific source that provides evidence that speaks to your question. More detail about what counts as a primary, scientific source and different ways to find those sources will be provided in discussion section. Read the article you found, and in your essay, briefly recap the study and, most importantly, discuss the conclusions you take away from the study as they relate to the question you’ve asked (second paragraph). Also, be sure to provide a full citation of your source on a reference page by using whatever style guide you’re comfortable with MLA or APA.
3. Think about how your original question has changed in light of the evidence you collected in #2. Is there a new question that’s emerged given what you now know? Has your question been partially answered and now you want to focus on a slightly different aspect? In your essay, discuss how and why your question has changed and conclude your paper with a revised question to ask moving forward (third and final paragraph).