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GCAN Speech Courses: Finding Information

Resources for researching and creating informational and persuasive speeches for students in GCAN 100, 101, and 215.

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Welcome

Welcome to this guide for students in GCAN speech courses, including 100 Survey of Human Communication, 101 Public Speaking, and 215 Interpersonal Communication. For questions or help with your assignments, use the "Chat" box to the left, or Click Here.

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Tips for Success

  • Start your assignments early. Allow yourself time to look for quality sources, revise your topic/thesis, or ask for help.
  • Keep track of your sources. Keep a list of website URLs / citations in Word or Google Docs. 
  • Start broadly, then narrow in. Use Google Search and Wikipedia to gather background information, then search in our databases. 
  • Keep your topic and assignment in mind. Some sources are interesting but not relevant to the assignment; save them for later and keep your focus. 

Searching in Databases

Searching with Google

Google is not a source, it helps you find sources. It's where we all start, and we use it everyday.

Google's algorithm shows results based on many factors, like our search history or how popular a page is. It also shows us advertisements (Ads), which usually appear at the top of the results page in small bold, black print before the URL (link), like this:

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Try This Custom Search Box

Google Select

This custom search box will help you to find trustworthy news, magazine, and other articles to use for your speeches.

Selected sources include: New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Associated Press, Reuters, Pew Research, BBC, CIA World Factbook, Newsweek, The Economist, The Atlantic, Slate, Science News, Business Insider, and more.

Google Search Tips

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