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LIBRARY GUIDE TO COM 2000 - Public Speaking

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Library OneSearch -- a handy, Google-like tool containing information from our library databases. Includes books as well as articles from magazines, journals, newspapers, and media.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel Opposing Viewpoints in Context -- Useful when researching controversial topics, provides arguments, the pros and cons.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Detroit Free Press Historical
Covers several editions of the Detroit Free Press from 1831-1999.

Databases by Subject - need something more specialized? Try this link!
U.S. Government Information
Census information -- Find social, political, and economic information here.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel DemographicsNow -- an amazing amount of information at your fingertips!

USA.gov  - the official portal to the information from the U.S. Government
Public Opinion Polls
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff iPoll
iPoll is a comprehensive database of 500,000 questions and answers asked in the US since 1935. Also included is the Roper Center public opinion data which is the largest archives of public opinion information. Coverage: Data sets.
Reference and Statistics
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Credo Reference
Provides online access to encyclopedias, almanacs, and other reference tools.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Oxford English Dictionary
The definitive historical dictionary of the English language. This dictionary covers English words from 1150 CE to present, and provides etymology and quotations illustrating usage.

Online Encyclopedias - The library has a wide variety of online encyclopedias for you to use.

Statistics and Economic Information - You'll find many titles here containing statistical and economic information.
Find Primary Sources
You may find primary sources by searching the Library OneSearch. Many times, important primary sources are gathered together and reprinted in books. The following words can be searched in Library OneSearch along with your topic, for example, the search strategy "civil war" "personal narratives" will find items from the civil war that contain personal narratives.
--Sources --Photography
--Personal Narratives --Interviews
--Correspondence --Sermons
--Diaries --Songs and music
--Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc. --Facsimiles
--Records and correspondence --Manuscripts
Writing Help

Writing Resources for Students
Find in-depth information about the mechanics of writing, MLA/APA citations, avoiding plagiarism, and more.

Writing Center
The consultants can help you with every stage of the writing process.

Evaluating Sources
Library Contact
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Kristine Condic

Office: 236 Kresge Library
Contact me at: salomon@oakland.edu



Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.

Research Assistance

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American Rhetoric -- Important political, cultural, social speeches, includes transcripts, audio and video.

Famous Speeches in History (History.com) --audio online

Great Speeches Collection (HistoryPlace.com) - audio (in some cases) and text as well as background information.

Say it Plain, Say it Loud:  a century of great African American speeches.

Individual and collections of speeches (in print) can be found by doing a search in Library OneSearch and adding the word speeches.

Toastmasters International:  Tips and techniques.


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