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Speech Research Guide: Finding Articles & More

Off-Campus Access to Databases

To access any database in this Research Guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login. You may find your myMCC login at www.mchenry.edu/myMCC. Click on Password Reset/Find Username.

Starting Points for Persuasive Speeches

These databases are great places to find viewpoints, editorials and opinions. They might also serve as resources for informative speeches.

Other Databases

Access to all of the library databases is available from the following link:

Suggested subject terms and keywords

 . . . might include:

  • speeches
  • public speaking
  • presentations
  • debate
  • speechwriting
  • communication

General Article Databases

These databases cover many topics and are great for informative and other types of speeches.

Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior is a great place to find information on the history and culture of countries around the world. Choose your country and explore the left-hand menu which includes: COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE, & SOCIETY AND CULTURE.

Click on the image above to get started!

Selecting and Using Keywords Video (3:50)

keyword with magnifying glass over research

Joshua Vossler's video "Selecting and Using Keywords"

Research Tip: If you were researching the topic "videogame violence" as discussed in the video above, you could also use a great and reliable site such as this: https://www.statista.com/topics/868/video-games/  (Video Game Industry: Statistics & Facts | Statista)

Quick Tips and Shortcuts for Database Searching (video 5:19)

Research Tip: Free Web vs. Fee Web

The Free Web is made up of web pages you can find using Google and other free web search engines. Some good stuff here, but also a lot of junk. Evaluate carefully!

The Fee Web (also known as the Hidden Web) are subscription databases. You'll usually find better stuff here, as it went through a more rigorous publication process.