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COM101: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Gostin)

Before You Start Your Research


Google can be a great place to start your research and find out more about a topic, but you will also need to find authoritative sources on the web.  Visit the Web Resources tab on this guide for related websites. 

There are also 2 library databases that can help you explore different topics. 

1.  Credo Reference offers on-line encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs. 

2.   CQ Researcher is great for finding topics for an argumentative paper.   



Tutorial - Picking Your Topic & The Research Process

Using the Internet for Research


  • The Internet provides brief overviews of a topic
  • The Internet often provides valuable statistics
  • The Internet can sometimes help you discover the stakeholders of a specific issue.

Using Goolge to Start Your Research

Using Wikipedia


Using Wikipedia can be a great place to start your research.  You can learn about a topic, much like you can in Credo Reference, but you can also find links to other sources.   Never cite Wikipedia, but use it as a jumping off point for your research.  

For example, look up Rock Climbing 

- you will see there is a wealth of information here about Rock Climbing- if you scroll to the bottom, you will see a list of references.  Many link out to the original article, but some do not.  You can actually take the title of an article and try copying into one of our databases to see if we have the full-text of the article.