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SPCH 2100: Public Speaking: Course & Assignments

Course & Assignments

Good research is the foundation of all good academic work. You will need to research credible information to find main points and supporting points for your speeches. This guide will take you step-by-step through the researching process. Have questions? Ask a Librarian!

Primary Source Information

For some research topics, you may want to cite original documents, interviews, artwork, artifacts, novels, poetry, or music. These are all primary sources, which were either created at the time of an event or created by a person who experienced an event. Primary sources offer a unique insight into a particular time or topic.

Find Credible Sources

Once you have your topic and a rough outline, you need credible resources to back up your main points. You'll find those in the How to Research Guide.

Citation Guide

Most academic writing cites others' ideas and research. Ask your instructor which citation style (APA or MLA) to use for your speeches.

How citing sources benefits you:

  • Sources that support your ideas give your paper authority and credibility
  • Shows you have researched your topic thoroughly
  • Crediting sources protects you from plagiarism
  • A list of sources can be a useful record for further research