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Middlesex NMP 2003: Media Literacy


This guide is intended to help students get to know the physical and virtual library as well as conduct research for NMP 2003: Media Literacy. Each tab contains quick links to useful sources as well as hints and tips:



Choosing a Topic: Getting started with research

Finding Information:

  • Books and Videos  Print and electronic books (including reference such as encyclopedias), DVDs, and streaming videos.
  • Articles  Scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers
  • WebsitesHow to find information on the web and evaluating what you find
Using Information Ethically (Writing and Citing):  Writing and citation style guides

From The Center for Media Literacy



Five Key Questions

1. Who created this message?

2. What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?

3. How might different people understand this message differently?

4. What values, lifestyles and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?

5. Why is this message being sent?


Five Core Concepts



1. All media messages are constructed.

2. Media messages are constructed using a creative language with its own rules.

3. Different people experience the same media message differently.

4. Media have embedded values and points of view.

5. Most media messages are organized to gain profit and/or power.