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Public Speaking Research Guide - LSC-North Harris

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1. Think about your topic and what are you trying to answer.

  • Current Issues: Think of topics that will interest you and your audience. In your research, gather the facts about your topic (who, what, when, where, how).

  • Informative Speech: Research one of the most Beautiful Places in the World.  In your research, gather the facts about your topic (where it is located, how it became recognized, when, why it is described as most).

  • Persuasive Speech:  Select a topic that is important to you.  Be sure that you hold a position regarding the topic.  In your research, gather the facts about your topic (who, what, when, where, how).

2. Identify the keywords that best represent your idea, think of:

 Topic  Synonyms/Related Terms  Narrow Terms
 plastic surgery  cosmetic surgery  laser eye surgery, Lasik
 censorship  first amendment  music lyrics, video games, Internet


Current Events Speech

US Major Dailies


 Video Tutorial

LexisNexi Academic

Gale Health Reference Center Academic


Informative Speech

Festivals, Beautiful Castles, Inventions, Engineering Achievements

Credo ReferenceIncludes materials from over 650 specialized encyclopedias.Credo Reference

Science in Context

History Study Center

Check Travel or Country Tourism Web Sites.


Persuasion Speech on Social or Political Topics

CQ Researcher

Issues and ControversiesOverviews and background information on current issues.Play Button IconVideo Tutorial

 Video Tutorial

Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.


eBook CollectionMulti-subject electronic book collection (Video tutorial)

ProQuest Ebook Central

Physical Books

Library Catalog

  1. Enter search terms.
  2. Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
  3. Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
  4. To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
  • To request a book from another location, click "Place Hold" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.

Library Catalog Video Tutorials

APA Style

Video Introduction to APA (7 min)



Formatting a Research Paper in Microsoft Word



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