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SPCH 1311 / SPCH 1315 / SPCH 1321 NE: Start Your Research

Start Your Research

Now that you have chosen your topic, the next step is to begin collecting information you can use to support your speech. Your instructor will tell you how many sources you are required to use for each speech. Here are a few steps you can take that will make this research process easier.

  • Know something about your topic. This sounds like a no-brainer but it will help in several ways - it can help you choose search terms (unique words for the topic) that can be used for searching.
  • Narrow down your topic. A broad topic is always more difficult to research than a specific one. A search like  "global warming" will get you thousands of search results, but you will spend a lot of time wading through those results to find what you need. A search like "global warming" and solutions will find fewer results and they will be more specific to your topic.
  • Check your sources with your instructor. If you are not sure if the sources you are using are acceptable, contact your instructor during their office hours and ask that they take a look at what you have found thus far.
  • Ask a Librarian! Each TCC Library has professional researchers (librarians) available in-person and online to help students with the research process.

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