This guide was designed to help with your COMM 111 research. The library has many resources available to assist you in your research; we can help you find material, learn how to correctly use and cite information, and judge how to select the best sources for your topic. Use the tabs for help with library research, APA citation style, and avoiding plagiarism.
For your Informative and Persuasive Speeches, you need to cite:
A minimum of 3 published sources, with one published within the previous 3 months.
These databases will help you find articles on your topic. Search using the keywords you have developed, and be prepared to use both broader and narrower search terms to refine your results.
Perform preliminary background research using multiple sources (library databases, books, journals, local experts, etc.). Take note of additional terminology and suggested terms. List important or key ideas, terms or people relevant to your topic.
Revise/Refine your approach to the issue based on what you learned during your preliminary research. You may have chosen to focus more narrowly, or broaden, your speech.
Generate additional keywords for your issue. Think in both more specific and broad terms. List as many relevant synonyms as you can.
List the types of supporting material you will need for your speech, including common knowledge, personal experience, examples, testimony, and statistics.