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Assignment | Informative Speech (Whalen): Research

SPCH 1315 | Professor Whalen | Fall 2020

Currency, Relevance, Accuracy, Authority, and Purpose

When we want a source to be "credible," it needs to provide accurate information from an authoritative author or publisher. Take a moment to assess the purpose of the information source, as well: is it informative, or meant to persuade you (or incite you to action, or entertain you, or sell you something)?

Library Resources

A database is just a specialized collection of materials designed for searching. While some cover multiple subjects, others are more specialized in their scope -- be sure to consider what information you're trying to find when selecting one to search!

A Little Bit of Everything

Scholarly Information

Even More Databases:

Consider which disciplines apply to your specific topic when choosing your databases.

DatabasesResearch Databases (Main Page)

Databases (Searchable List)

Google Better

You can streamline the quality of your Google searches by focusing on government (.gov), education (.edu), and organization (.org) domains in your results.

  • .gov is the most strict to register -- non-government entities can't get it!
  • .edu is mostly universities, but you'll sometimes come across some K-12 entities with this domain. Make sure you're not reading a student paper as a source, though!
  • .org is the least reliable of these three, since it doesn't take much to form an organization.

 

Google has some advanced search commands to make this quicker. Just add site:___ to your search! E.g. site:nasa.gov or even just site:.edu. Try it below!

Google Web Search

Accessing the Databases

Access 100+ databases organized by subject area from the Research Databases page. Also try our dynamic, sortable database list!

Student ID BadgeTo access the databases locked icon (same icon that displays by the LSC-limited access resources) from off-campus, you must provide the 14-digit library barcode.

Don't have one yet? Request a barcode number online.

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