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SPC 1608: Speech Communication: Keena Cowsert

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Welcome to SPC 1608 Prof. Cowsert

Welcome to the SPC 1608 Library Guide for Prof. Cowsert's courses! 

I'm Tim, your personal librarian for this course! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me by email, or in person at the Bradenton campus, building 3.

If I'm not available you can always get help from one of my colleagues in person or using our Ask-A-Librarian service!

The library website is a gateway to a lot of helpful resources for you that you may not have discovered yet.

Don't miss out on reserve textbooks, study room reservations, loaner laptops, study guides, and much much more!

Tips for searching databases

Starting your research with databases:

Databases recommended for this class are listed in the box below.

  • Use "keywords" - combine them and try using synonyms.
  • Select FULL TEXT when available.
  • Email the document to yourself or send it to OneDrive or Google Docs for safekeeping.
  • Paraphrase, quote, or summarize information and CITE it.
  • COPY + CORRECT the citations (go to the Guide or ask a librarian.)

Citation Help

Documenting your research: Avoid plagiarism!

  • Always cite the sources you use, even if you "paraphrase" (put it into your own words.)
  • If you copy+paste the citation provided in the database's "Citation Tool", check the rules and CORRECT any mistakes.
  • When in doubt... ask a librarian!

Citing Guides

Link to APA Citing Guide

Writing Help

Not sure how to begin writing? Check out the eBooks below, or ask for a writing tutor at the Academic Resource Center (building 5).

How to Research: Picking and Refining a Topic

Topic Selection & Refining

General advice:

- Where possible pick something that interests you.

- Be open to questioning your assumptions.

- Avoid topics that are too broad or too narrow: if you are interested in climate change for instance, focus on a specific issue under that umbrella rather than trying to tackle the entire thing.

- Read widely to strengthen your knowledge of a topic so that you can use more precise search terms and get better results.

Resources for Starting Research:

These databases and digital resources are particularly helpful for starting a research assignment. They are easy to navigate and provide detailed and authoritative information.

Advanced Research Strategies

Advanced Research Tips

One you've gained some basic understanding of your topic, you may need to find more information. You may find yourself in need of additional information not found in the basic reference databases, in need of peer reviewed sources, or required to find print resources.

- Practice using the "Advanced Search" options where possible: see what happens when you check and uncheck certain boxes, when you use more or fewer search terms, when you do "subject" or "title" searches instead of "any field."

- Use the filter options in your search results to help sort through large numbers of search results to find what you're looking for.

- If you can't find an article that says exactly what you need it to say then its time to change your mind or your search strategy. The research should be telling you what to say, not your gut.

- Peer Review represents the highest standard for quality but it is a process that takes time which means you may not find a large quantity of peer reviewed sources on every topic. Due to limits of time, geography, language, or social status, not every story gets recorded for the historical record in the level of detail we might want it to be.

Advanced Research Resources

These databases and resources will help you get that extra level of quality and scholarly rigor that you need. They may be less straight forward to use than Google but with patience and experimentation, they can be powerful tools.

Library Skills Quiz

Library Skills Quiz

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