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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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The Predictive Nature of the Phelps Kindergarten Readiness Scale Perceptual Score and Reading Achievement: A Mixed-Methods Study, Sarah Bond
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Differential Diagnosis of Specific Learning Disability Within a Response to Intervention Framework, Michael J. Boneshefski
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Stress and Recent Electoral Reforms: A Quantitative Study of Poll Workers, Eric F. Bush
Department: Sociology

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Performance on Monitoring Basic Skills Progress - Computation Probes in First, Second and Third Grade: Is It a Predictor of Pennsylvania System of School Assessment Mathematics Achievement in Third Grade?, Adelle C. Campbell
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Preceptorship Experience of Associate Degree Nursing Students, Pamela J. Chapman
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Black Teachers of English in South Korea, Quanisha D. Charles
Department: English

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Habitus of Deafhood: Compiling a Corpus-Based Academic ASL Dictionary Using the Sociolinguistic Practices of Deaf Individuals, Gretchen Thom Cobb
Department: English

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Examining the Significance of Scaffolding on Student Teachers' Written Reflections: A Qualitative Case Study, Jana DelMarcelle
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Phenomenological Study of Middle School Counselors' Perceptions of Effective Bullying Prevention and Intervention, Lisa Duval
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Theorizing Libyan Feminism: Poetic Representation of Twelve Libyan Muslim Women's Experiences, Samah A. Elbelazi
Department: English

An Adaptive Methodological Inquiry: Exploring a TESOL Teacher Education Program’s Affordances and Constraints in Libya as a Conflict Zone, Elsherif Entisar
Department: English

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An Adaptive Methodological Inquiry: Exploring a TESOL Teacher Education Program’s Affordances and Constraints in Libya as a Conflict Zone, Elsherif Entisar
Department: English

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An Examination of Organizational Factors, Employer Perceived Barriers and Indirect Costs of Non-Compliance With the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Ralph E. Estep
Department: Safety Sciences

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Communicating and Cultivating: Exploring the Phenomenology of the Extracurricular Writing Relationship Through Narrative, Melanie Glennon
Department: English

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Why Teach? What Motivates African American Males to Choose Teaching as a Career?, Terrance Hudson
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Examination of the Relationship Between Supervision and Self-Efficacy in Early Career School Psychologists, School Psychology Interns, and Practicum Students, Felicia M. Kaas
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Swipe Left or Right but What Happens for the Rest of the Night? A Qualitative Approach to Understanding the Life Cycle of Tinder Relationships, Rhiannon Kallis
Department: Communications Media

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The Impact of Principal Mentoring Programs on the Moral Judgment of School Principals, Wendy J. Kiley
Department: Sociology

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Male Nurse Educators' Lived Experiences With Nursing Student Incivility, Lee Ann Leech
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Veterans' Treatment Court Peer Mentors and Statewide Operating Procedures in Pennsylvania: A Mixed-Method Examination, Paul Lucas
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Loneliness in the Gold: The American Campus Novel and the Corporatization of the University, Jeffrey S. Markovitz
Department: English

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Pennsylvania Public School Board Effectiveness: Does It Influence Student Performance?, Aiko M. Maurer
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Effects of Teacher Grit on Student Grit and Reading Achievement: A Mixed-Methods Study, Bethann McCain
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Reconceptualizing Study Abroad: American and Japanese Students' Subjective Construction of Identity Through Language Learning Abroad, Tomoko Oda Nuske
Department: English

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Exploring Secondary Teachers’ Use of Culturally Responsive Teaching in a Diverse Rural School District, Diane Z. Onorato
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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International Multilingual Student Writers' (Re) Negotiation of Their Languages and Literacies Practices in a First-Year Multilingual Composition Class, Maria Y. Prikhodko
Department: English

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(En)Acting Real Black(nesses) in the Theatre: The Black Arts Movement and Wole Soyinka, Hershell N. Proctor-Walden
Department: English

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Placing Ourselves in Our Environment: Students’ Perceptions of Their Writing and Role in Nature Following an Environmental Writing Course, Yasmin Marie Rioux
Department: English

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Audience Reactions to Computer-Generated Imagery in Video, Bradley M. Rohlf
Department: Communications Media

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Perceived Factors Contributing to NCLEX-PN Success Rates: A Case Study of a High Performing Practical Nursing Program in Pennsylvania, Lisa Shustack
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Competent Assimilation: A Substantive Theory of First Clinical Preparation in Nurse Anesthesia Education, Rebecca S. Stoudt
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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The Perceived Importance and Degree of Implementation of Ergonomics-Related Leading Safety Performance Indicators in the American Workplace, Frederick D. Straub
Department: Safety Sciences

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Popular Music in the Films of Joel and Ethan Coen, Jesse Ulmer
Department: English

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Safety Prequalification Factors for the Selection of Contractors Within the Steel Industry, David W. Wilbanks
Department: Safety Sciences

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Perceptions of Secondary Teachers on the Co-Teaching Model: An Examination of the Instructional Practices in Co-Teaching Classrooms in Western Pennsylvania, Phillip K. Woods
Department: Professional Studies in Education

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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From Eric to Tarzan: An Ethical Analysis of Lead Male Characters in Disney Animation Films Produced During the Company’s Renaissance Era, Nicholas Artman
Department: Communications Media

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Presenting a Framework and Process for Designing Leadership Development Programs as Sustainable Competitive Advantages: A Case Study at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Travis A. Berger
Department: Sociology

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An Analysis of Varying Instructional Time and the Association With Third Grade Reading and Mathematics Proficiency on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, Heather D. Carr
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Early Intervention Sessions for Infants and Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Providers' Use of Routines, A Case Study, Melissa M. Casses
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Fitspiration: Empowering or Objectifying? The Effects of Fitspiration and Self-Objectification on Exercise Behavior, Julia Kathryn Chasler
Department: Psychology

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A Study of the Relationship Between Transportation Infrastructure and Criminal Behavior, Sherri Bennett Chippo
Department: Sociology

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The Impact of Access to School-Based Parent Resource Centers on Parents' Perceptions of School Climate and Students' Academic Achievement, Cherisse Le'Fay Chisolm
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Effects of the Big Five Personality Factors and Adverse Childhood Events on Leadership Emergence in an Online Violence Prevention Discussion Group, Adam Clarke
Department: Psychology

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The Relationship Between Nursing Students' Test-Taking Motivation and the Exit Examination Score, Lorraine Coalmer
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Caribbean “Islands of the Mind”: Reshaping the Ocularity of the Self, Margaret Cox
Department: English

Test Anxiety and Academic Procrastination Among Pre-Licensure Nursing Students, Nicole R. Custer
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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How a National Blue Ribbon Elementary School Negotiates the ELA PA Core, Todd Dishong
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Study of Superintendents' Perceptions of Current Superintendent Certification Programs in New York State, Robert M. Dufour
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Investigation of the Relationships Between Leadership Practices of Undergraduate Athletic Training Program Directors and Program Performance on the BOC Examination, Jacqueline Durst
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Examination of Undergraduate Sophomore-Level Nursing Students’ Personal Reflection Ability Following High-Fidelity Simulation and Video-Assisted Debriefing, Taylor Fawn Edwards
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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An Examination of Undergraduate Sophomore-Level Nursing Students’ Personal Reflection Ability Following High-Fidelity Simulation and Video-Assisted Debriefing, Taylor Fawn Edwards
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Assessing Stress and Coping Among Federal Probation Officers, Erika L. Farester
Department: Sociology

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"How Do You Feel About This Paper?" A Mixed-Methods Study of How Writing Center Tutors Address Emotion, Jennifer Follett
Department: English

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Principal Leadership and Its Influence on Educational Outcomes for High Need Student Populations, Alyssa Ford-Heywood
Department: Sociology

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Validating Placement for Teaching and Learning, Jessica Ann Ganni
Department: English

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Fabulous Ordinariness & Self-Making: The Other Side of USonian Identities, Erin Guydish
Department: English

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Caregivers of Children of Incarcerated Parents: Motivations for Involvement in the Family-School Partnership, Nikole Y. Hollins
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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A Qualitative Study of Graduate and Professional Studies Students' Writing Identities: The Role of Writing Centers in Constructing Identities, Kimberley M. Holloway
Department: English

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Kindergarten Entry Age and the Effect on Student Academic Achievement, Angela J. Hughes
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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High School Peer Tutor Alumni Research Project, Andrew L. Jeter
Department: English

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Movie Effects on Social Dominance Orientation of Undergraduate Students, Brian C. Johnson
Department: Communications Media

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A Quantitative Study: The Relationship Between School-Wide Instructional Practices, Teacher Beliefs, and Growth Mindset and Value-Added Student Growth in Elementary Mathematics for Grades 3–5, James W. Jones
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Physical Health in College Students: A Replication and Extension of the ACE Study, Irina Khrapatina
Department: Psychology

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Do Gender Stereotypes Keep Girls Away From Crime? A Structural Equation Modeling Approach to Power-Control Theory, EmmaLeigh E. Kirchner
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice

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The Usage of Smartphone Technologies by American Expatriate Teachers as a Communication and Cultural Assimilation Tool, Erik M. Kormos
Department: Communications Media

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The Effect of Acetaminophen on Social Pain, Peter Kozel
Department: Psychology

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Kindergarten Teachers' Perceptions of the Effect of Preschool on Academic and Social Skills, Amy L. Larcinese
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Laryngeal Diadochokinetic Strength in the Young Adult Population, Amanda N. Laughlin
Department: Communication Disorders, Special Education & Disability Services

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Faculty Members' Perceptions of Teaching Writing to Students Who Use English as an Additional Language, Nathan Lindberg
Department: English

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An Examination of High-School Size, Socioeconomic Status, and Advanced Level Educational Opportunities in Pennsylvania Public High Schools: A Quantitative Study, Mark J. Madson
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Investigation of Fifth Graders' Reading Strategies When Reading Digital Texts in Regard to Overall Retention of Content Material by Proficient and Non-Proficient Readers, Melissa J. Martinez
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Enhancing Community Supervision: A Unified Voice for Community Corrections Concerning Police-Probation/Parole Partnerships, Adam K. Matz
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Investigation of CASEL SELect Programs with Minority Students From High Poverty Communities, Byron M. McClure
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Arriving at This Place: A Teacher’s Journey to Fostering Sustainable International Service-Learning in the Writing Classroom, Ravyn L. McKee
Department: English

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Intensive and Systematic Training in Working Memory: Does It Have Validity for Improving Reading Achievement?, Geneel A. McKenzie
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Elements of Process Quality Within a Preschool's Language and Early Literacy Environment: The Influence on Children's Pre-Reading and Writing Performance in the Beginning of Kindergarten, Cynthia Lynn Miller
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Case Study of Systemic Change from Failure to Success in Select Pennsylvania Schools, Michael A. Minnick
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effects of Syllabus Design on Course Information Retention by At-risk First Semester College Students, Evelyn Anne Mocek
Department: Communications Media

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Fourth Grade Literature Blogging Versus Hand-Written Response: Effects on Motivation, Classroom Community, and Reading Comprehension, Adrienne Monaghan
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Administrator Perceptions Regarding Pennsylvania's MTSS/RtII Framework and Gifted Elementary Students, Tricia M. Murin
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Recontextualizations of Families of Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Educational E-Discourse: A Discourse Analysis of Representation, Accessibility, and Ideological Values in Parent Involvement, Janelle L. Newman
Department: English

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Kindergarten Through Fourth Grade Teacher Perception of Self-Efficacy in Educating Students Diagnosed With Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders, Jenifer R. Pappasergi
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Hookups and Gender Norm Conformity: The Experiences of Undergraduate Women, Rebecca Shayne Pearlson
Department: Psychology

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Stress, Burnout, and Attrition: Implications of Student Performance Data on Math Teacher Effectiveness Evaluations, Becky L. Piscitella
Department: Professional Studies in Education

Adventure Camp: Evaluation of an Experiential Learning Social Skills Intervention for Children with ADHD and ASD, Mark E. Pleiss
Department: Psychology

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Adapting Place, Embracing Hybridity: Brian Friel’s and Frank McGuinness’s Dramatic Adaptations of Anton Chekhov and Henrik Ibsen, Nancy Elizabeth Raftery
Department: English

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Introducing the Prison Writer to Composition: A Multilayered, Many Stranded, Nested, and Textured 3D Metanarrative That Begins to Unfold the Untold Story of Prison Writing, Alva Natalie Ramon
Department: English

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Leadership Development Among Fraternity Presidents: Can Leadership Be Learned?, Joseph Rosenberg
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Valuing Non-Degree, Online Training: An Examination of Hiring Managers’ Perceptions of MOOCs, Joseph A. Rosendale
Department: Communications Media

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"A Land of Picture": Novelized Art and Visual Literature in Cole, Cooper, and Hawthorne, 1826-1860, Ellen H. Ryan
Department: English

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A Mixed Method Examination of Student Achievement Indicators, Michael E. Sable
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Examination Into University-Based Image Repair via Social Media as Demonstrated by Penn State University's Effort During the Jerry Sandusky Scandal, Carrie L. Scanlon
Department: Communications Media

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Effects of an Intervention on Undergraduate Women’s Knowledge of and Attitudes Related to Sexual Objectification, Samantha R. Sciarrillo
Department: Psychology

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A Spiritual Approach for Licensed Professional Counselors in Private Practice: Treating African-American Women’s Psychological Pain, Callie Marie Scott
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Holding Back the Mountain: Sustaining Place in the Appalachian Poetry of Robert Morgan, Kathryn Stripling Byer, and Ron Rash, Alana Dagenhart Sherrill
Department: English

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Understanding How Texting and Driving Video Public Service Announcements Change College Students' Attitudes and Impact Information Retention Using the Health Belief Model, Rona Smeak
Department: Communications Media

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Trauma Exposure and Health Outcomes in College Students: The Mediating Role of Experiential Avoidance, Kathryn L. Sowder
Department: Psychology

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A Case Study of Pennsylvania's University Programs for Students With Intellectual Disabilities, Margaret Stolar-Martz
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Source of Controversy: Newspaper Reporters' Sourcing Practices in Coverage of Natural Gas Drilling, Brandon J. Szuminsky
Department: Communications Media

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The Phenomenological Exploration of User-Design Among Junior Undergraduate Students Majoring in Computer Science in a Medium Sized Liberal Arts University When Developing a Game Prototype, David Tucker
Department: Communications Media