literature, recurring concepts, and information that is particularly interesting or criteria-specific. Throughout your research, think about identifying “gaps” in the mediography.As you gain a more thorough knowledge of the most up-to-date consumptioninformation, it may be useful to consider how this information will fit into themediography. For example, consider how subcategories might be added, altered, or removed. It is part of your directive to make sure the mediography format is such that itadequately displays the best research you find.
The final, yet substantial, task is preparing sources and adding them to theaccessible and user-friendly mediography. Source summaries are best done after readingan article in its entirety: You will not need to summarize everything you read, but keeptrack of those that, according to the criteria, are good candidates for inclusion in themediography. These will be the sources you summarize and add. While summarizing, besure to pay attention to information presented as facts versus author-made claims. In yoursummaries, specify if and when it is the author who is making a value judgment. As youidentify the most salient sources, try to apply the conclusions from the individual studiesin a more specific way that may be useful for the workgroup. Make suggestions orrecommendations that could be backed by the source and consider including links tosimilar ideas, programs, or initiatives. These extracted ideas may be used as inspirationfor the future actions of the workgroup.
The methodology presented by this planning piece purports to address one of thelargest conclusions drawn from previous experience with this project: Consumption itself is a broad topic with multiple dimensions spanning nearly every discipline. To addressthis adequately would require a much more extensive study. Consumption isparadoxically saturated with information and data while still lacking direction, definition,and clear goals at this time. With this in mind, the objective for this paper has been toprovide a methodology for undertaking a daunting and seemingly overwhelming topic.This methodology is arguably reasonable and appropriate for the time and resourcesallotted in that helps narrow down the focus by identifying scope and criteria, streamlinesresearch to focus on the most useful sources, and avoids redundancy. Taking the stepsoutlined in this paper will also make sure that your work is compatible with the needs andanticipated directions of the workgroup. This will hopefully help propel your work to thefront of this cutting edge field of consumption research and its application in policy,society, and science. Please enjoy your time in this position and know that the approachyou take to your work may be a deciding factor in how relevant and powerful your work will be.