the subject is communication and research methods. the topic of the subject is how women are portrayed within the media in the past and nowadays. we need to conduct a research paper with a hypothesis and a research question., and include statistical evidence about the topic. we could do a research, or talk about a research and an article that has already been studied.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Understand the process of media research
2. Comprehend the unique features of qualitative and quantitative research methods
3. Compare different research techniques and methods
4. Apply research methods to specific media contexts
5. Analyze research works using different methods
6. Produce research assignments
7. Carry out a research project involving data gathering and analysis

Description and Guidelines:
1. Length and elements: The paper length will be 5 pages maximum (do NOT go over the page limit), double spaced and typed (this does not include your title page, abstract, or references page). You must include a cover sheet with the title of your paper and your name. After the cover page (but before the body of the paper) you must include an abstract, which is a brief, comprehensive summary of the paper, no longer than 120 words. Finally, references should be listed on a separate page after the body of the paper. Please number your pages.
2. Number of references: Your paper should include a minimum of 5 references. Appropriate sources include: (a) research articles from scientific journals (b) books (but not encyclopedias or textbooks). I want you to use sources that have strong scientific support. You must be able to cite your source according to one of the following formats: APA.

PAPER GUIDELINES

CONTENT:
1. Introduction:
a. Purpose: The purpose, problem, or question to be considered is stated clearly.
b. Interest: The author convinces the reader that the paper is worth reading in an interesting fashion.
c. Preview: The author presents a preview of how the problem will be handled.

2. Body:
a. Analysis: It is clear that an analysis of the literature has been used to support the statements made, and that the assumptions are logical.
b. Presentation of evidence
Integration: If sources contradict one another they are dealt with adequately. Multiple sources are compared if available. A simple listing of information is avoided.
The points are internally consistent, (i.e. one point follows from another), plausible and well supported.
References are recent, high quality, and appropriate to the paper topic (research articles and edited books).
c. Suitability of focus: The problem chosen is focused enough to be adequately covered in the space of the paper, but not too narrow.
d. Organization: Presentation is easy to follow and well organized.

3. Conclusion:
a. The author summarizes the findings adequately, and draws appropriate conclusions.
b. Applications of the findings are discussed.