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CMST 220 Public Speaking

This guide is to help you find good topics and evidence for your Informative or Persuasive/Position speeches in CMST& 220: Public Speaking.

Example Search:

screenshot from Ebsco's Academic Search Complete

Where should I look?

One tool that will help you find articles on your topic is a database.  One of the most versatile databases, Academic Search Complete, is modeled below to the right.  Google Scholar is not one of the library's databases, but is sometimes helpful.

Source: "What are the library databases and which one should I use?" by NEIU Libraries, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn how to identify library databases and choose the appropriate database to use for your topic.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar retrieves scholarly/research/academic/peer-reviewed articles. Google Scholar can be used to search for peer-reviewed articles and books on your topic. IF the article is available full-text on the web, Google Scholar will include a link-- but this is rare. You can also use Interlibrary Loan to have a PDF of the article or a physical book sent to Holman Library from another library's collection, and this service is available for current Green River students and staff.

Interlibrary loan takes about 3-4 business days for an article request (and we will usually email the article to you). Loan requests for books may take 2 weeks or longer to complete (because the physical item has to come through the mail and you will pick up the book at Holman Library)-- so make sure to plan ahead if you request items using Interlibrary Loan!


Example Google Scholar Results:

Google Scholar results


Still can't find an article for your topic?