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LIT - SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking: Gather Supporting Material

Finding Sources

A good speech uses good supports.  

Supporting materials can do several things for your speech:  

  • make your speech more convincing,
  • give you, the speaker, more credibility,
  • make your speech more interesting.

Three basic qualities your supporting materials should have are:

  1. accuracy - they should be true.
  2. relevancy - they should apply directly to your topic.
  3. reliability - the information should be from a source your audience can trust.

My recommendations:

  • Get your sources from will a published source or from an organization or agency you can rely on.  
  • Published and reliable sources are available on the web but they can be difficult to find if mixed in with a bunch of "junk".  

An easier place to get published and reliable sources:

Go to the library web page & type your subject in the box to search Cardinal OneSearch.

Looking for Articles

Start Here:  Academic Search Complete  

      ASC provides access to thousands of articles on any given topic.

      You can...

  • get full text of the article,
  • get the APA citation format for your bibliography page, and
  • can cut and paste text or images for your powerpoints.

Another place to get more information:  

Click on the Database List tab on the library home page.

for basic information  CREDO Reference

for persuasive information  Points of View Reference Center

for quotes  CREDO Reference

for statistics  Britannica Online's World Data Analyst

for Texas information  Texas Reference Center or the Handbook of Texas


Using the Web

A great place to begin searching the web is Google but...use the Advanced Search!

for persuasive information

for quotes

for statistics