Research for public speaking

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Research for public speaking

  1. 1. Research for Public Speaking<br />Amber Prentiss, Reference/Instruction Librarian<br />amberp@uga.edu<br />
  2. 2. Why Do Research?<br />New insights into familiar topics<br />“Time has shown” “All the research says” and “Everyone knows that” ≠ proof<br />Improves credibility<br />
  3. 3. Generating Topics: Starting Points<br />Readings<br />Lecture<br />Class discussion<br />Presearching<br />Daily life<br />Personal interests<br />
  4. 4. Generating Topics<br />News story: For American youth, Labor Day report paints an even worse jobs picture (Christian Science Monitor, 9/2/11)<br />
  5. 5. Generating Topics: Research Questions<br />Informative speech: How are young adults’ employment prospects affected by the economic downturn?<br />Persuasive speech: What should be done to improve youth employment rates?<br />
  6. 6. Topic to Search<br />How are young adults’ employment prospects affected by the economic downturn? <br />What are the important terms?<br />Synonyms?<br />Search only for the important terms<br />
  7. 7. Using the Library Site for Research<br />libs.uga.edu<br />Ask a Librarian<br />Multisearch<br />Articles and Databases (GALILEO@UGA)<br />Library Catalog (Gil-Find)<br />Course guides (Research Help -> Course Guides)<br />
  8. 8. Using AND & OR<br />youth AND unemployment<br />youth OR “young adults”<br />
  9. 9. Using AND & OR<br />Use AND get fewer results <br />connect different concepts<br />only get results that contain both/all terms<br />Use OR to get more results<br />connect similar concepts<br />get results that contain at least one of the terms<br />
  10. 10. Using AND & OR<br />unemployment AND<br />(youth OR “young adults”)<br />
  11. 11. Search Tips<br />Use the advanced search <br />Use * to expand root words<br />unemploy*<br />unemployed, unemployment<br />Use quotes for “phrase searching”<br />Set date range for time-sensitive topics <br />

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