Determine Soure Authority
When using sources to support your speech points, it matters that you know the perspective of those sources. While no source is is truly "objective," your authority will be enhanced if you are aware of the particular message that your sources are trying to convey.
To help with anaylzing source perspectives, use SourceWatch, "a directory of the people, organizations and issues shaping the public agenda." Or, FactCheckEd.org, an educational resource "designed to help students learn to cut through the fog of misinformation and deception that surrounds the many messages they’re bombarded with every day."
Check out this source, Tips for Evaluating Sources to help you evaluate what you are finding. Here are the key things to think about:
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Databases to find Resources for Speeches
When conducting research for a speech, the following databases will lead you to both popular and scholarly information on topics.
Additional Web Sites for Speech Content
These web sites state that they committed to providing objective, non-partisan content on topics.
Primo: Find some of Everything! (ebooks, print books, articles, etc.)
Statistics & Public Opinion Polls
Images, Audio, and Video for Speeches
Bibliography Help II COM 102
Below are additional sources to consult for your Public Speaking Bibliographies:
Published Style Guides: Located at the Irwin Library Information Commons desk and in the Stacks
- MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers REF DESK LB2369 .G53 2009
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association REF DESK BF76.7 .P83 2010
- Citation Guides - Butler University Libraries
- Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University
- Duke University Libraries - Assembling a List of Works Cited
Speech Call Number Ranges
The call number range for books about speeches, speechmakers, or containing speeches themselves is:
PN6121-6129 - 4th floor, Butler Irwin Library
Historical Speeches (Websites)
Historical Speeches (Library Databases, Journals, Books, Video/DVD collections)
Information Commons & e-Learning Librarian