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This guide contains a number of databases that serve as good starting points for your speech assignment research. We have a lot more databases available to you, but these are a few that have been most helpful for students in a Speech class. A couple of these databases will be listed for both informative and persuasive speeches, because it all depends upon how you present the information. 

For example, a statistic about the demographics of gamers in the U.S. can be present in an informative speech to describe who is playing video games in the U.S. It could also be used in a persuasive speech; if you are pitching an app for women gamers, you may use this demographic information to show that there is a large number of women gamers, demonstrating that you have a large potential market population and your app has a higher likelihood of being used.



Understanding Your Assignment

What should I look for in my assignment?

  • Keywords or verbs. Words like summarize, compare, analyze, or argue direct you to think about your topic in a certain way.
  • Technical details which indicate format rules or guidelines like font, length, spacing, and citation style.
  • Project logistics will tell you about the final product, whether it is supposed to be a speech, written paper, or other presentation.
  • Number and type of sources such as peer-reviewed, scholarly, primary or secondary.
  • Due dates for drafts and final paper/presentation. Plan ahead for time in the library and writing center.


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