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NSP: Killer Communication

Strategies & tips for locating resources for your research project

Finding Sources for Your Research Assignment

Professors Fort and Wilkerson require you to have:

  • 20 sources for your initial list of sources
  • a paper 12-15 pages in length

‚ÄčThis course focuses on murder and various categories of killers by applying both verbal and nonverbal theories of communication.  The goal of this paper would be to take a killer and apply at least three of the theories you have learned to their behavior. Make sure to include at least one verbal theory and one nonverbal theory within your discussion of your selected killer.


It's always wise to collect more than what you think you will need. This is especially true if you have to rely on interlibrary loan (borrowing from other libraries) and don't have the book or full text article to consult immediately.

The information on this guide will help you to discover different types of resources.  Please ask your instructor or one of our librarians for help if you have difficulty using the sources or you just don't know what else to try!  We'd be very happy to work with you to discover the sources you need!


Part 1

Begin exhaustive historical research on your killer(s).  Determine the who, what, why, when, and how.  Find out as much background information as you can.   Ideas for research sources include newspaper articles, interviews with police, family members, documentaries, photographs, etc. What were they like as children?  What was their home life like?  Did they get into trouble as a youth?  Were there domestic problems?  Did they torture animals?  Were they boy/girl scouts?  Dig as deep as the research will allow.  When you begin finding duplicate information repeatedly, that will indicate you have exhausted most all of your sources.  Prepare a list with a minimum of 20 sources.  


 Part 2

  1. Choose one killer (serial or otherwise) that you are fascinated with and are willing to research
  2. Have your professors approve your selection.
  3. Research the killer(s) and their evil maniacal ways as much as you possibly can.
  4. Discuss hoe the killer used at least one verbal and nonverbal theory you learned in this class during their murder.  Be sure to include THREE (3) theories!
  5. Specify why/how you believe this killer(s) used each of the three (3) theories you selected.

This LibGuide will help you locate these resources! Please ask if you need assistance, we are happy to help you!