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Welcome to the Research Guide for your Public Speaking Assignments

Welcome COM225 students!  Use this research guide to help you find books, articles, videos, and more for your Persuasive Speech Assignment. You'll find resources about different topics for your speech as well as resources to help you improve your speeches. Below are examples of the types of resources and information you can find through the library. 

When you are ready to start your own research, select the Getting Started with Research tab.

Here's Some Examples of What You Can Find Through the Library

The library provides access to streaming media databases where you can watch videos about a variety of topics. No downloading needed.  Check out this video from the Film on Demand database: Relaxation for Public Speaking.

Check out these other streaming media databases:

The library subscribes to over 85 different electronic databases where you can search for articles from encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. Each database contains different articles and information. You can search these databases individually, or you can use OneSearch, which will search most of the databases at once. You'll learn more about database searching in the Getting Started with Research tab. 

Browse through some ebooks below and access thousands more you can read on your computer or device through the library ebook database.

Make It Clear

The essentials of communication from organizing your thoughts to inspiring your audience. Make It Clear explains how to speak and write to get your ideas across. The book starts with the basics-finding your voice, organizing your ideas, making sure what you say is remembered, and receiving critiques ("do not ask for brutal honesty")-and goes on to cover such specifics as preparing slides, writing and rewriting.

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Master Your Message : The Guide to Finding Your Voice in Any Situation

Overcome the challenges to finding your voice and delivering masterful messages. No matter if someone is on stage, behind the microphone, on a podcast, or sitting in front of a camera, they will learn key strategies to keeping their cool and finding their voice in Master Your Message.

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Get to the Point!

Whether you want to improve your impact in speeches, staff meetings, pitches, emails, PowerPoint presentations, or any other communication setting, Schwartzberg's novel approach teaches you how to go from simply sharing a thought to making a difference.