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CAS 100A: Effective Speech



Erin Burns



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Shopping for a topic? Try these for some ideas

CQ Researcher – On the left navigation bar, click on “Browse by Topic” or  “Browse by Date” to see categories to help you brainstorm

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center – check the list of popular topics here to get some ideas

Hot Topics from Newsbank - provides topic ideas as well as search terms for conducting research on that topic


How to Generate Keywords - need help brainstorming search words? Give this a try!

Try These First

Ready for articles and other sources? Try these first

Lion Search – one single search box that searches across all library resources for books, scholarly journals, e-books, newspapers, and more! 

Academic Search Complete – A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals - in other words, lots of great stuff!

CQ Researcher – provides reports on hot topics and includes an overview, pro/con, viewpoint, chronology, in each report

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center –  a good source for opinions about popular topics

Gale Virtual Reference Library – The library’s version of Wikipedia! Good for a short, authoritative summary of a topic


Need newspaper articles?

The New York Times - search exclusively for New York Times articles using this link. Coverage goes back to 1980 and is free for Penn State users.

Access World News (Newsbank) has access to hundreds of newspapers including Pennsylvania newspapers (e.g. Centre Daily Times), plus national and international newspapers.

New York Times Historical provides the full-text of The New York Times, starting with 1851.

Specialized Sources

Need some more specialized sources?

Congressional Research Service Report – Research papers written by the Library of Congress for the use of Congress. Provide objective, non-partisan analysis of public policy issues, but written in laymen’s terms.

Global Issues in Context – Perspectives on international news and events

GREENR –Global information about the environment, energy, and natural resources


Newspaper Photos (from AP Photo Archive) - Hundreds of thousands of news photos provided by the Associated Press, with approximately 800 added daily.

Try the United States Statistics and Data guide for a wide variety of statistical sources

More speech resources

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