CMST 220 Public Speaking (Denton)

This guide will help you find evidence for an informative speech or a persuasive speech on a selected social issue for Kelsey Denton's CMST &220.

Types of Sources You Can Use


Articles can include news, scholarly (peer-reviewed) research, or data and analysis of your topic.

Videos & DVDs 

Videos and DVDs include both streaming online video and physical DVDs at the library. These are great sources for images, interviews, and (sometimes) statistics.

Books & eBooks

Books are a good source for connecting your topic to the "larger picture" by bringing in history or the social context (why your topic is important, etc.). You don't have to read the entire book to have it as a source-- you can use a smaller part of it if you like.

START HERE: Holman Library One Search - Find books, articles, videos and more

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Use Holman Library One Search to:
  • Search for books, CDs, videos and articles in Holman Library
  • Get an overview of information on a subject
  • Track down citations
Sample Search:

This sample search of "green tea" in the image below found over 79,508 books, articles, videos.

  • Use "Advanced Search" to add additional search options.
  • The "Filter My Results" options on the left let you sort by type (books, videos, articles), location (library items), and date. 

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Primo One Search on 'green tea'

CQ Researcher Reports - Current Events & Controversies

Browse for topic ideas or reports on current events / controversies in CQ Researcher. Select a general category from the list, select a subtopic and then browse the list of reports of great informative topics.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Search GVRL by putting your topic in quotation marks if a phrase and make sure 'keyword' is selected.

Other Great Library Databases