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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.

Finding Articles

  1. Start with your research question or a general topic you want to explore.
  2. Identify key concepts
    • These are the main ideas of your research question or topic.
  3. Identify keywords related to those concepts.
    • These are the words you'll use to when you search a database. Use specific keywords, not questions, when you search.
  4. Choose your search tools.
    • Will you search the internet for popular sources? (Be sure to evaluate popular sources carefully! Click on the Evaluating Sources tab for more help.)
    • A library database for scholarly sources?
    • The library catalog for books?
  5. Test your search.
    • Enter your keywords and look through the results. Did you get too many? Adding another keyword will limit your results.
    • If you're searching a library database, use the limiters: full text, scholarly peer-reviewed limiters, and date range
  6. Revise/refine your search.
    • Try new keywords and do another search. You can also try a different database.

General Article Databases

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

Selecting and Using Keywords Video (3:50)

keyword with magnifying glass over research

Joshua Vossler's video "Selecting and Using Keywords"

Keywords and Database Searching

  • Use specific keywords, not questions.
  • Revise your keywords to see how that changes your results.
  • Look for more keywords in the articles you find.