This Research Guide has been designed to assist you in doing library research for the speeches in your class. It includes links to research tools that will help you find background information, newspapers, magazine and journal articles, and books.
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Doing research for this class requires asking yourself some important questions: What am I looking for? Am I giving an informative speech or a persuasive speech? Am I talking about general topics that anyone might give a speech on or communication-specific topics that Dr. Knight has assigned? The answers will influence a) what databases and resources you search, and b) what search terms you use.
The links and databases on the Start Here page are excellent starting points for general research on various topics that might be interesting in a speech. The Ebsco Discovery search allows you to do one-stop shopping for all of the books (including e-books!) and articles that are immediately available through Lehman Library. (Never stop with Discovery; check for titles available outside of the library collection and specific databases for your topic).
Select a topic or issue which interests you. Researching something interesting is much easier than researching something which means nothing to you. To prepare for your research, watch this video: Picking Your Topic IS Research. Visit the Background Sources page for background sources and a link to topic guides.
Make sure to cite your sources! If you got an idea or an explanation of a theory from your textbook, you still need to cite it. Skipping citations is a silly reason to lose points.