Research projects can be intimidating, but it helps to have a plan of action in place. Breaking it down by steps, even if you go back and forth between the steps a few times, can make the process much less overwhelming. Read through the below steps to get some basic tips that support the research process for your upcoming speeches!
Before starting an assignment, make sure that you have thoroughly read it and have asked your professor for clarification on any parts that may be confusing. Create a "plan of action" or "To Do" list with dates to make the assignment less overwhelming.View CMST 1 Assignments
A good topic is one that is in line with the assignment guidelines, interesting to you, and hopefully, interesting to your audience. Make sure the topic you choose for each speech assignment is appropriate for the speech type (i.e., the informative topic is something to inform others about, and the persuasive is something that you will have a call to action you will persuade listeners to follow).View Topic Examples
Use sources to learn about a topic and then to help establish your credibility as you write or present on it. Use sources in your speech by paraphrasing sentences or paragraphs; or by summarizing the entire item. Different types of sources provide different types of information about a topic. Often, the best sources are behind the paywall (not freely accessible) and need to be purchased or accessed for free through the library. The most recommended sources to use for this project are Articles, Videos, and Books.Find Articles Find Videos Find Books
Evaluate each resource that you come across, including websites, by asking the following questions:
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Use sources that you found in your speech by paraphrasing sentences or paragraphs; or by summarizing the entire item. You must always make sure to use an in-speech citation after each source used, even if you are not directly quoting the source. Then have the full citation for the item you used in your Works Cited or References list to avoid PLAGIARISM.What is Plagiarism? Citation Help Noodletools