COMM Fundamentals of Oral Communication

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Library Tutorials:

Evaluating Websites (YouTube video from Pollak Library, California State University - Fullerton)
Boolean Operators- (How to refine your searches)
Peer Review Journals (Finding scholarly or peer reviewed articles - YouTube video)
EBSCOhost (Searching in Multiple Library Databases)
EBSCOhost (Finding information using EBSCOhost databases - Vendor tutorial)

Choosing a topic:

The news, newspapers, web searching, or personal interests can all help to identify potential topics.  Read encyclopedia articles for background information about a topic (general encyclopedias are in the Reference area, call number "AE"). Also see Online Reference Sources.

Library Books:

Use the Library Catalog to search for books by keyword, by title, by author, or by using a subject search. When searching for books by topic, use the keyword search.

Where can I find information about giving a speech?

Try the Library Catalog for materials on public speaking, or "debates and debating" or oral communication. When using the subject search option, some broad terms such as "oral communication" or "public speaking" may offer Related Subjects to narrow the search. Reference Shelf: Representative American Speeches, covers many topic areas. See the online periodical Vital Speeches of the Day for speeches on political topics.

Series Titles available via the library offer objective information about debatable topics:
At Issue
Contemporary World Issues
Opposing Viewpoints Series Unnumbered
Reference Shelf

Additional information to consider including in a speech: anecdotes, figures of speech, metaphors, facts, statistical data, or quotations. Try Bartlett's Quotations Ref. PN 6081.B27.

Book Titles not available at NSU Libraries:

If you are searching for a book in addition to those owned by NSU Libraries, search the database WorldCat (OCLC). For books NOT owned by NSU Libraries, you will need to set up your user profile or ILLiad account through the Library's InterLibrary Loan (ILL) to have titles sent to one of the NSU Libraries (Tahlequah, Broken Arrow, or Muskogee). See the ILL/FAQ page for additional information about our ILL as well as the Document Delivery service.

Articles and Databases:

From the NSU Libraries' home page underneath the Research section located on the left side of the page click on the link "Articles and Databases." This displays a listing of databases from general to those listed by subject field or discipline. Or try the Database A-Z, which lists them in alphabetical order. If uncertain about which database to use, begin by choosing a general database like Academic Search Premier. Review some of the Library Tutorials listed above for searching tips. For additional assistance after selecting a database, review the database Help screens for suggestions in using the database effectively. To locate only full-text articles, look for the full-text limiter and check the box. For articles that are not available in full-text format in the print collections or online through the databases, use the InterLibrary Loan service.

Searching by topic:

As a topic is identified, choose key terms that describe the topic. Consider synonyms, as well as related terms. For example, a keyword term like disasters can be narrowed to the topic natural disasters and consider a particular type (earthquake). Some databases offer a tab for a thesaurus, dictionary, or subject terms. The database Academic Search Premier offers a "Subject Terms" tab at the top of its opening page. For example, click on the "Subject Terms" tab and enter the topic term. Look for additional terms, related, broader or narrower.

Finding information for an Informative Speech or a Persusaive Speech:

For magazine, newspaper, and journal articles and more, use databases. The databases listed below represent a few to begin searching for information:
ABI Inform (ProQuest)
Academic Search Premier (General)
Communication & Mass Media Complete
EBSCOhost eBook Collection (eBooks)
MasterFile Premier (Magazines)
NewsBank (Newspapers - See the Hot Topics and Issues in the News links)
OmniFile Full Text Mega (General)
TOPICsearch (Current events)
For other subject areas, try the Articles and Databases link.

Statistical information for a Persuasive Speech:

In addition to the above tools, try locating statistics to make a point.
Government Information (NSU)
Online References Sources -Statistical/Population


Look for government websites about a topic (i.e. Earthquake Hazards Program). When searching via Google, put in your topic and see if any government websites are available. (Ex: earthquake site:gov)

The White House (Issues)

United States Department of Defense (Top Issues)

United States Goverment (Human Rights - Issues)


APA (Purdue OWL) Citation Style:

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition print version is located on the 1st floor in the Reference section, call number BF 76.7.P83. For assistance with writing and how to cite sources, the John Vaughan Library offers personal assistance at the Citation Station (Spring and Fall semesters). Contact the Information Desk at 918-444-3235 for dates and times. Also, contact the Writing Center for writing and citation help.

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Last Updated: 5/2016