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SPEECH 301 - Professor Harder (Spring 2020): Getting Started

Library Resources for Picking a Topic

Useful Databases for Persuasive Speeches

Search Tips

Use the search tips below to improve your results.

Quotation marks: Use to search for a particular phrase.

EXAMPLE: "climate change" 

Parentheses: Use with the word OR to combine ideas and expand your search. 

EXAMPLE:  "climate change" (sea level or natural disaster*) = sea level climate change + natural disaster(s) climate change

Asterisk: Use to search for multiple suffixes and/or roots.  

EXAMPLES:  law* = law and law  |   wom*n = women and woman

Ctrl F:  Use to access a search box that will find a word/phrase on a page.