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This LibGuide is intended to provide students with resources to identify speech topics, to conquer their fear of public speaking, to locate quality information as research for their topics, and more!! (Info may be helpful for essay writing as well.)





Mrs. Frech-ommendations

  1. First, look look over and get familiar with the tabs on this LibGuide (see above).
  2. If you haven't already selected your final topic, check out the "Ideas for Speech Topics" tab.
  3. Come up with search terms/phrases related to your topic to assist with the search. See "Searching Tips" tab for help.
  4. Though teachers will discourage Googling for academic and guaranteed reliable information (many teachers/professors will not even permit Google type searches) at least be sure to DO A BETTER GOOGLE SEARCH. See the "Searching Tips" tab for assistance on how to do a better Google Search.
  5. When looking for resources for your speech, you may want to first try the "Padua Library" tab to search for a print or e-resources. You might luck out. The Padua Library has quite a few resources for speech topics.
  6. If your topic leans in an argumentative/persuasive direction (opinion/debatable/persuasive-type topic), then you will definitely want to check out the "Viewpoints: Opinion, Debate & Persuasive" tab first, especially Gale: "Opposing Viewpoints in Context" database ...and then... INFOhio: "Points of View Reference Center" ...and then... Website: "ProCon" (and then others).
  7. If you have no luck there, try the databases. Databases will give you academic information that is evaluated, current, and accurate, so teachers will encourage these sites. Follow the information on the Databases tab above and explore both the GALE & INFOHIO DATABASES.
  8. If you want current or archived articles your topic or polls and surveys, then check out the "News: Current Events & News" tab.
  9.  If you're still on a search, there are other tabs for specific resources, and remember, if you're having no luck, the Public Library Resources are phenomenal...but you need to have a library card (which you should have!!!!!)
  10. If you're panicking about actually giving your speech, be sure to check out the "Conquering Your Fears" tab.
  11. If you need more help, always feel free to stop up to see me (Mrs. Frech).

Good luck!!! 







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