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CAS 100: Effective Speech

Welcome to the research guide for CAS 100 classes at Penn State Berks!

Try These First!

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Find background information & overviews; great for informative speeches!

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Helpful for topic development; great for persuasive speeches!

CQ Researcher

Covers many current issues; good for narrowing down your topic

Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)

Many current articles on a wide variety of topics.  Best for once you have a solid topic & keywords brainstormed.

Credo Academic Core Collection

Find background information on your topic; excellent for informative speeches!

Resources & Tips For Your Speech Research

 

A database is an electronic collection of information. 

You can access hundreds of databases through the Penn State Libraries' web site.

Let's "speed-date" these top databases and see which ones you fall in love with!  

General Search Tips

Light BulbPower Tip: Use info from encyclopedia articles in the introduction of your speech to set the stage!

 

Pencil Need help developing your topic?  Grab a pen and paper--check out this short tutorial and you'll have a nice, narrow topic mapped out in no time!

 

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Watch this tutorial to learn searching shortcuts in Opposing Viewpoints!

Search Strategies

Search Term What it does Example
AND

All terms must appear

Narrows your search

Fewer results

Use to include multiple concepts

mental health

AND

college students

OR

Either term may appear

Broadens your search

More results

Use for related concepts

online dating

OR

internet relationships

NOT

Removes a term from your search

Narrows your search

Fewer results

Use for concepts you do not want to research

online dating

NOT

Tinder

Phrases

Search for exact phrases

Narrows your search

Fewer results

"role playing game"

Class Activities & Worksheets