Wondering how to get started on your Researched Speech - Information or Persuasion?
No worries! Your first challenge is to choose an interesting topic, and then focus in on the most fascinating angle.
Important: Prof. Gabiger has asked you to find four articles or resources for your speech. No problem! Use the links to databases below to get articles and resources on your topic, fast!
Pro-Tip: Start with Academic Search Complete
Use Academic Search to search for articles on specific angles for your speech. For example, if your topic is "Texting while Driving", use the search box to find scholarly articles on "Texting while Driving", along with your persuasive or informative angle, such as a "Texting Ban" or the role of "alcohol".
Use Opposing Viewpoints to search for controversial articles on specific angles for your research paper. For example, if your topic is "Texting while Driving", use the search box to find different points of view on this issue. Looking at both sides of a topic makes whatever side you take even stronger, because you can argue a more balanced point of view.
Pro-Tip: Choose Browse Issues to choose from legit hundreds of topics.
Use Statista for fast, compelling statistics to cite in your paper. Statistics on 60,000 topics in just a click of a button!
On campus? Visit the JWU Writing Lab at either Downcity or Harborside for fast and easy help with your persuasive or informative speech assignment. Whether you're just getting started or need final editing advice, the student writing coaches are super kind and trained to help you at any stage of the writing process.
Top Four Tips for Working with the Writing Lab:
Curious about how it all works? Check out this sweet video created by an awesome team of JWU students!
Did you know you can also submit your paper online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to Smarthinking for seriously awesome feedback within 24 hours? It's FREE! Look for the link in JWULink, under the Academic tab, under Tutoring.
For in-person tutoring, help with accommodations for students living with disabilities, and study-skills workshops, contact the Center for Academic Support.
Did you know you can copy and paste citations if you use the library's databases?
1. Save time - look for the "Cite" Button or " " icon.
2. Scroll to the style you need (MLA, APA)
3. Copy and paste the full citation into your paper
Ta Da! You're done! Well, almost. Sometimes weird formatting issues happen, so always double check your work.
Need help with in-text citations or more complicated citations? Use the OWL! It's super easy, and totally simple. This is also a really good time to make an appointment with a writing tutor to make sure your paper is totally perfect and all your citations are good to go.