Comm 1 - Public Speaking
Getting to this page:
- Go to the Library home page ( www.cabrillo.edu/services/library)
- Under Library Instruction, click on Course Related Instruction, then click on the Comm 1 link
Libraries come in all sizes and flavors, from a 10,000 volume small branch public library to a 10 million volume university library. To use a library catalog most effectively, you want to tailor your approach to the size and kind of library it is. With smaller libraries and public libraries, your best bet is often to use a broad general search via Keyword, or Word, or similar options. Using a large research library effectively, however, typically requires using official Library of Congress Subject Headings, as well as other available searching tools. Of course, no matter what tool you are using, a good search is an iterative one: search with the information you have, learn something (terms, spelling, concepts, etc.), then search again.
The Cabrillo Library Catalog contains records for over 80,000 items, including print books, electronic books, videos and DVDs, and other materials.
Go to the Cabrillo College Library homepage and click on Books, Videos, and more. Do a search on your topic.
Your notes ________________________________________________________________________________
|Finding Periodical Articles|
The Library provides access to many online databases, collections of magazine articles or other information. The two largest databases are Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Premier -- both containing the full text of articles from thousands of publications, plus summaries and indexing for thousands more.
- From the library homepage ( www.cabrillo.edu/services/library/):
- Under Find, click on Articles and Databases
- Under the open General category, try either Academic Search Premier or MasterFILE Premier
- Sample searches:
- yosemite and discovery
- dietary supplements AND (legislation or regulation)
- Sample searches:
Use one of these databases to identify at least one periodical article on your topic. From the results list, click on the article title to get to the screen with more information.
Periodical title (look where the screen says Source)
Date of periodical_______________
When you have the article on your screen, you can print, email, or cite it!
|Finding Newspaper Articles -- National Newspapers|
Cabrillo's largest newspaper database is ProQuest Newspapers, which includes NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor.
- From the Cabrillo College Library homepage, click on Articles and Databases
- Under News (scroll down), click on Proquest Newspapers
Find an article on your topic.
When was it published?_________________________________
Again: there's an email feature. And you can also click to get a citation.
Your notes ________________________________________________________________
|Statistical and Background Information|
Use CREDO Reference to search over 500 dictionaries and specialized encyclopedias from one search interface.
From the library homepage, select Articles and Databases, then select CREDO Reference. Here's a sample search:
You can also find links to many sources of statistical information on the Internet, using the library's Statistics Resources page, under Research Guides by Subject.
|Look for Web Sites on Your Own|
Google can be used not only to search for everything available via Google, but to search for specific types of information. Some options available using Google:
- Get only results from a government website by including site:gov in your search:
- scholarships site:gov (also useful: site:edu, site:org)
- Find only results where your terms are in the exact order you typed by using "quotes" around your terms:
- "vitamin e"
- Exclude a topic from your Google searches, using a minus (-) sign:
- pesticides -agriculture
- Or, use any combination of these:
- "food safety" -pregnancy site:gov
Search for Web sites that would be useful to researching about some of topic of interest to you.
Make notes below about 3 quality Web sites you find.
You're probably aware that the Web has videos galore. In addition to the fun videos, there are thousands of videos that can be useful in researching or learning about a topic. The main sources of videos are: Blinkx.com (includes a lot of stuff from TV), Google Videos (more dependable quality than YouTube), and, of course, YouTube
When you research a topic, you are likely to find and use many different sources, and different types of sources. Any quote you use, or concept you refer to from a source, should be referenced in the body of your report. The resources you actually use in your research paper are the ones that you should list at the end of your report. This list of resources is sometimes referred to as a bibliography, sometimes as a works cited list. The intent of this list is not just to show your instructor (or publisher) where you obtained your information, but also allows anyone reading your report to duplicate your research and find the sources you reference in your report. So, what information is necessary to include? And how do you format your quotes and your mentions of other works?
Style guides are sets of "rules" that explain what specific information to include, how to list sources, any special punctuation standards, and so on. Different fields of study typically use different style guide. For instance, English and literature classes typically use the MLA (Modern Language Association) style guide, and social science classes typically use the APA (American Psychological Association) style guide. You can find links to information on these and other style guides on the Citation & Style Guides page of the library's Research Guides by Subject.
Remember that many of the databases you use offer you access to citations with a single click -- EBSCOhost databases, CQ Researcher, Proquest Newspapers, for example.
|Transfer an Image from the Web to a Word Document or PowerPoint presentation
The Web is rich in images, and it's useful to know how to capture an image and transfer it to a Word or PowerPoint document. Go to one of these sources of photos and select an image.
Go to Google, Corbis.com, or GettyImages.
One of the easiest places to find images is Google, not surprisingly. You can do a Google search on your topic, then click on the Images link at the top left of the page.
- First, find a good image to use
- Right click on the image. Scroll down to Copy
- Go to your Word or PowerPoint document. Position your cursor to where you want your image to be.
- Right click, and Paste the image
- Under (or near) the image, type the word Source and include the title of the Web site and its URL (credit your sources!)
Your image is there, in your document. You can make the image larger or smaller, but you often end up with distortions, especially as you stretch it to enlarge it.
"The only difference between the pros and the novices is that the pros have trained the butterflies to fly in formation." - Edwin Newman
Generally on delivery
- Using Visual Aids Effectively This is a PowerPoint presentation. The first 11 slides only (then it switches to another topic).
Monroe's Motivated Sequence
Making an Argument
- Logical Fallacies and the Logic of Debate from CSU Northridge
S. Gentile and T. N. Smalley; rev. 6/2012 G. Romero