I am writing a thesis on the effects of social media on young people, particularly those of the millennial generation. The research combines two of my most liked topics, technology and sociology. Seeing how technology has evolved and affected day-to-day communication between humans is a really fascinating topic for me.
I have undertaken my thesis research for many months, and it has been a very enjoyable and rewarding process. I have made many findings; some of which relate to the existing literature, and some that I find interesting since they have not been picked up on by the previous literature available.
One of the major hurdles for students writing thesis research is finding adequate existing literature. The help provided by universities or learning institutions is usually not very helpful for students. However, I have compiled a list of very helpful resources where you can find good past literature related to your field.
There are both online and offline avenues to look up literature related to your field. The best offline way is by going to your local or university’s library. There, you will find many important textbooks that can be used as literature to be analyzed in your paper. Many libraries will also have various newspaper and magazine clippings from the past which can come in handy.
If you are looking to find resources online, then there are many options available to you. The best among these is an online academic journal related to your subject field. These journals will have all the latest literature submitted that pertains to your topic. Academic journals will also include a large archive that allows you to access much older material.
If it is not possible for you to access an academic journal, then Google scholar is another great alternative. Your university will also host important literature that your own professors have written.
My findings relate quite significantly to the literature in my field. Firstly, many academics have sought to find whether or not the advances in technology have eroded the ability of younger people to communicate.
One of the biggest findings of my research is that the younger people use technology and social media to communicate; they are worse when communicating in person compared to other age groups with less social media usage.
Another finding that links to the existing literature is the fact that even those who have not grown up using technology to communicate have adopted to it in large numbers.
As you can see, many of my findings relate to the existing material on the effects of social media on young people. The existing literature has been found through online academic journals and through looking for material in local and university libraries pertaining to this particular topic.