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Communication Studies: CMJ 103: Public Speaking

Research resources for Communication Studies.

Welcome and Assignment

Welcome to the CMJ 103 guide! You are being asked to conduct research to support your informative and persuasive presentation topics, using credible sources. Need help? Contact Jen Bonnet at Fogler Library!

Not Sure Where to Begin? Try These Sample Topics!

Find Books on Your Topic

Search the library catalog for materials on your topic (books, ebooks, videos, government documents). Many book records in URSUS include the table of contents, which can give you a sense of a book and help you decide if it would be useful for your research. Not sure where to locate an item in the library? There are maps on all floors of the library and at the reference desk.

Find Popular Press Coverage of Your Topic

Huffington Post headline about Snapchat wanting to make ballot selfies legal


Find Research or Studies on your Topic


Use the Fogler database drop-down menu to identify online databases where you might find research that addresses your topic. Several databases that will be a good place to start are:

If you find a journal article that is not available online, use URSUS to determine whether or not the print journal is housed in the library. If we don't have the journal article you need in print or electronically, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Hacking Google

The Get More Out of Google Infographic Summarizes Online Research Tricks for Students

From Life Hacker

For your speech topics, you may want to add to your Google search to find government information on your topics.

Find Images for your Presentations

Picking Your Topic Is Research

From NCSU Libraries

Evaluate Sources for Credibility

The criteria outlined in the video above represent a few of the guidelines found in the CRAAP test, an evaluative tool to help you consider the credibility and appropriateness of a source that you are considering using in your speeches. This test applies to any source, whether on the internet, in the library, or among your social circle. Refer to your CMJ workbook for in-depth information about the CRAAP test.

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Accuracy
  • Authority
  • Purpose

Understand Peer Review

Cite your Sources

From The Information Literacy User’s Guide, below are examples of how to cite a book chapter or journal article in APA style.


You will find options in our various databases to cite your sources. Here's an example of what to look for:

5729 Fogler Library · University of Maine · Orono, ME 04469-5729 ; (207) 581-1673

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