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Public Speaking: Reference Sources

This guide provides links to materials for topics appropriate for speeches and debates.

Using Background Readings for Research

Reference sources such as specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks are good places to begin research on a topic.  Articles and entries in these publications often are written by scholars in the field.  Encyclopedia articles can provide:

                                  *background information           *topic overviews           *basic facts about a topic

                               *definitions of related terms     *lists of additional sources and recommended readings

Gale Virtual Reference Library

CQ Researcher

Credo Reference

Opposing Viewpoints in Context