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Speech 101 Orientation  -  L. Rhi
October 29 & 30, 2007

  • Intro & welcome

  • Reference books and journals on cart

  • Library Web site -  your "research portal" with access to the catalog, online databases, subject guides, & many other features

  • How to find books - the best place to get overviews, background information, and in-depth treatments of your topic.

    1. Library Catalog (Sirsi)

      • Series searches for Opposing Viewpoints, At Issue, Current Controversies

      • Title searches for Taking Sides, Debatabase

      • Subject searches for critical thinking, reasoning, persuasion (rhetoric)

      • Individual topics:

        • Stem cells

        • Same-sex marriage

        • Terrorism and civil rights

    2. Gale Virtual Reference Library e-Books **

  • How to find articles in online databases -  the best places to get specific information about events or topics; can range from short and very localized reporting to substantial analyses and commentaries. Can be very current or retrospective.   [off-campus access] **

    1. SIRS

    2. Issues & Controversies from

    3. ProQuest 
      Select More Search Options to search for your topic and Article Type (Editorial) and Publication Type (Newspapers)

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