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The Research Process
- Choose your topic.
- Create your search strategy.
- Search for resources.
- Search again and evaluate.
- Use the information for your paper.
Resources for Public Speaking
1. Choose your topic.
- Interesting to you.
- Meets requirements of the assignment
- Neither too large or too small
2. Brainstorm on this topic.
Create a model for your topic.
Identify where you will need information or visuals.
3. Create a search statement.
4. Search for Information and Visuals.
Use a catalog.
Use LIBROS with these search tips.
- Use a few really important keywords.
- Take advantage of subject headings.
- Use "Advanced Search" to combine search terms.
- Limit by date, material type (books, visual materials).
- Search people "Last name, first name."
- Note complete call number and if item is checked out.
- See Searchpath Module 3 for help using LIBROS.
Use a database.
Choose a database and use these search tips.
- Biography Reference Bank 4 users only
- Literary Reference Center
- Literary Criticism Online
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- CREDO Reference
- New Mexico Newspapers
- New Mexico Newstand
- Newspaper Archives
- New Mexico Business Weekley
- New York Times (current)
- New York Times (1851-2006)
- The (London) Times Digital Archive 1785-1985
- Wall Street Journal
- Proquest. (Off campus link)
- Academic Search Complete.
- Expanded Academic Index. (Off campus link)
- Gale Reference Center Gold . (Off campus link)
Use a search engine.
Choose a search engine and use these tips.
From the Library
- Create account for off-campus access
- Cinema Image Gallery
- 4 simultaneous users only
- Credo Reference
- MAS Ultra Edition
- A to Z maps online
- Films on Demand
- Create account for playlist, off campus access.
- Embed link (on campus)
- Create link to video
- Collections from other libraries
- American Memoryby the Library of Congress
- NYPL Digital Gallery
- Other finding aids
- Finding images on the Web from Boston College.
- Find video and audio from UC Berkeley
- Images Guides
- Free educational videos
- Find Digital Media from Unversity of Illinois
- Film Studies or Popular Culture from Yale
From the Internet
- Copyright Tutorial
- Copyright and public domain
- Downloading and inserting images
- Visual Alternatives to PowerPoint
- Comic Creater
- Pearl Trees
- Other interesting image manipulators
- Big Huge Labs
- Blabberize It
- Presentation info and infographics
5. Evaluate results.
Look at for info on reading a journal article.
6. Use your sources.
- Grab viewers' attention
- Select or create your own theme.
- Use graphics to emphasize key points.
- Use animations and transitions wisely.
- Use masters and layouts to save time and help get better results.
- Make consistent style changes on all slides using the slide master
- Clearly communicate your information
- Use video and audio to convey your message more effectively.
- Start by outlining your presentation.
- Consider differences between print and on-screen presentations.
- Use notes pages and handouts to help deliver the story.
- Stay in control of your presentation
- Keep file size manageable.
- Use the tools available to get it right the first time.
- Know exactly what your viewers will see.
Is it cited properly?
- See Searchpath Module 6 or Citing Sources for help with avoiding plagarism and citing sources.
- MLA Handbook (LB2369 G53 2009)
- Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker (On Reserve at the Library) and the 2009 MLA update.
- APA help from APA
- APA style from Sacramento State University Library
- Style Sheets for Citing Resources (Print & Electronic)
- OWL Purdue Writing Lab
- The Writing Center—University of Wisconsin—Madison. MLA Documentation
- Citation Fox
- KnightCite (Calvin College)