You're being asked to develop several speeches throughout the semester on a topic of your choosing. Here are some things to keep in mind as you begin your research.
1. Begin with an idea. What would you like to learn more about?
If you’re not yet sure, scan the home page of a few news sources to see what stories are popular, look at Fogler's Hot Topics guides, or take a look at CQ Researcher in Fogler Library’s Databases list.
Determine a question you would like to answer. For example:
3. In addition to background information, search for scholarly articles to discover what has been analyzed or studied on your topic. Consider your speech as a chance to enter into a conversation with these sources.
4. As you learn more about your topic, allow yourself to change your mind and consider new perspectives on your topic.
6. Remember that the ethical use of information involves giving credit to the sources you consult when you present ideas about your topic. For your speeches, you will do this through oral and written citations. Not only does this help you avoid plagiarism, but it helps your audience trace the development of your ideas. Organize your sources in a way that allows you to manage your workload and properly cite the materials you use.
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