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COM 111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Kellett): Researching Your Topic

Course research guide for Emily Bogard's public speaking class.

Starting your Research

For some topics you will find an abundance of information; for others, especially emerging topics, you may struggle to find information. For newly emerging topics, your best bet for finding information will be the Internet, news stories and popular magazine articles.  Be sure to carefully evaluate the reliability of any information you use. For topics that have been studied longer, books and scholarly articles will provide information that is more thoroughly reviewed.

Be sure to select wisely from the resources listed below. If your topic is just beginning to get attention, don't start your research by looking for books on the topic, instead select a database that covers newspapers. 

Researching Your Topic

Password required. Use the same credentials you use to access your Lakeland email. 

Here is a small sample of what's available.  Click on a title to access the book. 

Lakeland's online library provides access to over 45 different databases.  Be sure to select a database that covers the topic of your speech.  Watch video: Selecting a Database

Password required.  Use same username and password used to access your Lakeland email account.

Directions (video 7:08)

These library databases are password protected. Use same username and password used to access your Lakeland email account.

Give these Internet news sites a try.

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