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COMM 1101: Public Speaking

U of MN, Twin Cities

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Get Started: Assignment Calculator for Speeches
Put in your due date and select "speech/oral presentation" to get a break down of the steps for writing a speech including suggested due dates and guides. Sign up for email reminders too!

Get Started: Selecting a Topic
These online sources can help you to choose and refine your topic. They will also provide you with the background information necessary for your research.
  • CQ Researcher
    Learn more about current issues with reports on background, statistics, chronology and extensive bibliographies.
  • Public Agenda Online
    This site provided extensive information on current and controversial issues such as abortion and legal gaming, the family, education etc. Each segment has an overview, facts and trends, different perspectives, links to news stories, and results of public opinion polls.
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The University Libraries has databases to help you find the articles. An article database points you to articles from scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers. Use the "Find it" button to find online full text of articles or if we own the journal you need in print.
  • MasterFile Premier
    This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
    MasterFILE Premier, covers a broad range of disciplines with mostly popular magazines and newspapers.
  • Academic Search Premier
    General subject database with scholarly articles, magazines and newspapers.
Find Statistics
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    Find statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, universities and more.
  • FedStats
    More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. This site provides easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.
Find Public Opinion and Polling Information
  • Polling the Nations
    The online version of the American Public Opinion Index, this database is a compilation of more than 700 polling organizations in the United States and more than 80 other countries.
Get Help with Research
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-- Wilson Library houses the main humanities and social sciences collections of the University Libraries. Wilson Reference Services (General & Specialized) provide support for both undergraduate and graduate research for the humanities and social sciences.

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