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Comm 380 Public Speaking

Library research guide for Comm 380 (04:192:380)

Research can be seen as a series of linked activities moving from a beginning to an end. It usually begins with the identification of a problem followed by formulation of research questions or objectives. The researcher determines what information to collect and how it will be analyzed in order to answer the research question.


Described in this way the research process seems linear, yet research is often an iterative (repeating) process. Decisions made early in the research process are often revisited in the light of new insights or practical problems encountered along the way.

The following reference and database resources are useful  to identify topics, overviews, background information, concepts, theories, ideas, and key references:

More Resources for Topic Ideas


Social Trends 

Pew Research Center


New York Times political coverage

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Science Developments

Science Daily

Technology Developments

Popular Mechanics

International News


The Journalist's Resource

National Public Radio

The Conversation

Interesting and Unusual Research Ideas


Local Issues

Daily Targum

Rutgers Today

The following books explore issues in a variety of areas. They can provide background information and an overview of the "conversation":


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