Public Speaking Research Guide - LSC-North Harris
1. Think about your topic and what are you trying to answer.
Current Issues or Informative Speech: Think of topics that will interest you and your audience. In your research, gather the facts about your topic (who, what, when, where, how).
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|
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Informative Speech on a Person or a Historical Figure
Health or Medical Topics
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- Keep track of all of the information and sources you used during your research.
- Ask your professor about the required citation style.
- Consult Citation Help Guide from LSC-North Harris Library to help you construct your citations.
Each citation should answer the questions:
- Who wrote the material you are using?
- What did the author(s) entitle the piece he/she/they wrote?
- Where and when was it published (for a book, what city; for an article, which periodical)?
- If it's an article or a chapter, what pages is your source on?