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Resources to help Oral Communications students.

How to Use the Library

There are a variety of services that the library can provide! Click on the name of each service to learn more about it.

You must have a barcode on the back of your student ID to check out books. If you do not have a barcode, come to the library and ask for one.

  • Want to access online articles, artwork, and more? Use one of our 86 Databases.
  • Want to browse magazines? Come into the library.
  • Can't find the book or article you're looking for in our library? Use InterLibrary Loan.
  • Need a copy of your syllabus? All syllabi are listed on the Syllabi page.
  • Want to know what's happening at the library? Check out the Library News on the homepage.

Library Hours

Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-7 pm

Guidelines for student conduct in the library

  • All library materials must be checked out at the library desk. All library materials must be returned to the black box on the library desk for check-in.
  • Library materials that are marked Reference cannot be checked out or removed from the library. This includes textbooks and magazines.
  • Please be courteous when using cell phones and personal music devices.
  • Please do not eat while using library computers or reading library materials. Any mess made by food is the patrons' responsibility. All beverages must be in a closed container.
  • Computer use is limited to school-related work while others are waiting.
  • Do not save your files on the library computers. Files on these computers are deleted without notice.
  • Please be respectful to your colleagues who are studying or writing papers and keep voices at a normal level

How to Research For a Speech

Choosing a Topic

Don't just Google "speech topics" and choose from a boring, overdone list. Instead, think about things that interest, irritate, or excite you. Various life experiences or things you've learned about in the past can be used for a great speech topic.

Researching a Topic

Using your life experiences and interests is a great way to start your speech. However, you'll need to be more in-depth research to ensure that your speech is accurate and provides context for assertions and positions that you hold. You can research a topic in a variety of ways, including reading books, searching databases, and reading online blogs, articles, and newspapers.

We have a variety of things available for you to research your topic in the library:

The librarian can help you with one-on-one searching and in-depth research

Databases (seen below) can be used to find in-depth academic journals and newspapers. They are available anywhere you have Internet access.

Magazines are available in the library and some are available online. See what magazines and topics are available here:

Books are available in the library and can be checked out. Some of the most relevant ones about speech are seen to the right of this box. You can also find books about your specific topic.

Computers are available when the library is open for Internet research, accessing databases, the library website (also available anywhere you have Internet access), and other research.

Keep in mind that researching is not a straight, easy to follow path. Oftentimes, you will find information that changes the way you think about the topic, the way your speech is written, and sometimes even your choice of topic itself.

Databases To Use

The slideshow in this guide titled "Topic Selection Presentation" provides more information about choosing & researching a topic.

Topic Selection Presentation

Public Speaking Skills

Books to Check Out