This guide provides information on First Amendment/Freedom of Speech issues, provides listings of potential speech topics related to the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech, and delineates databases to search for researching a freedom of speech topic.
If you need assistance with your speech preparation research, please contact me via the contact information under my picture.
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Butler University Libraries
The following websites will help you define the issues surrounding the First Amendment and free speech and can provide speech topic ideas.
When conducting research for a speech, the following databases will lead you to both popular and scholarly information on topics.
Search Butler Libraries
REMEMBER: Use WorldCat Discovery to find:
Be sure to use the limiters on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow down your results!
Also, REMEMBER: Work out some of your search strategy before going online! Think about your topic. Write down key terms, concepts, titles, and the names of key people whose thinking or work is relevant to your topic. Be sure to include synonyms of key terms and concepts. Also, consider important geographic locations and time periods (i.e., geographic and chronological limiters).
InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
If you find materials in WorldCat that Butler Libraries do not own, you can obtain these through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). This is a service that enables Butler students to have access to library resources NOT OWNED by the Butler Libraries. You make Interlibrary Loan requests directly from the catalog or a database by clicking the "Request" button. If there is no request button, log on to your Library Account.
From your account you can:
For all ILL questions contact Sarah Damery at 317-940-9677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.