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Guide to COMM 1 Research:  Persuasive Speech

Library Visit 1: Informative Speech


Watch this 6-minute video on fact-checking strategies.

Finding and Fact-Checking News Sources

How can you verify that news shared with you is real?

Search and Fact-Checking News

  • Google News (website) – find at least one article
  • U.S. Newsstream (library database -- use Canvas login to access) – find at least one article 

Annotate your news articles by answering questions on the worksheet.  Try using Wikipedia or Allsides to learn about this news organization's reputation online:

Still looking for a topic?  Try Opposing Viewpoints "Browse Issues" list

Library Visit 2: Persuasive Speech

Use your WebAdvisor/Canvas login to access library resources


Review these three sources of evidence for the topic "Why Internet Access Should be a Free Public Service":

  1. "59% of U.S. parents with lower incomes say their child may face digital obstacles in schoolwork" (Pew Research Center)
  2. "MCOE bridging the digital divide: Wi-Fi buses stationed across the county" (U.S. Newsstream)
  3. "The Online Learning Divide" (Academic Search Complete)

Discuss the questions below with your group:

  • Who put this source together?  What do they know about the "digital divide"?
  • Who is their audience?
  • What kind of evidence do they cite? 
  • Do you find the evidence they cite persuasive?

Oral Citation:  Authority and Evidence

Persuasive Speech:  Explore your Topic

Explore your topic using one of these sources

Complete list of Cabrillo library databases

Citations & Attributions