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Ch 5: Researching the Speech

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons and learn how to research a speech as well as obtain support and cite sources. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these speech topics.

Researching the Speech - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Knowing how to find good sources and utilize correct research techniques are key to a successful speech. In this chapter's lessons, instructors guide you through the process of researching your topic, including finding supporting materials for your ideas and assessing the validity of these sources. You'll also learn when and how to cite those sources in your presentation. After completing this chapter's lessons, you should be able to:

  • Develop a research strategy
  • Find materials to support the speech's idea
  • Evaluate a source's credibility
  • Conduct interviews for research

Video Objective
Effective Research Strategies: Speaking to Your Audience and Purpose Here, we'll learn how to consider the speech's intended listeners and purpose when selecting sources for research.
Primary vs. Secondary Research: Difference and Importance This lesson will show you the difference between primary and secondary sources and why that's important.
Types of Supporting Materials for a Speech Learn about the types of resources to back up your speech's main points, such as subjective and testimonial.
Finding Supporting Materials for a Speech: Online Resources and More You can get information about how to find resources to support your ideas, including a look at the many sources available via the Internet.
Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth We'll learn to examine sources and determine if they are trustworthy references.
Selecting Relevant Support for Your Speech This lesson will show you how to choose source material that is applicable and up-to-date.
How to Conduct an Interview for Speech Support Here, you'll get information on interviewing sources for information to aid in your speech.
Citing Sources While Researching for a Speech You'll look at the best methods for citing sources while doing research and learn to record information about your research.
Understanding When and How to Cite Sources During a Speech This lesson will show you the correct method for citing sources in a speech or presentation and when it's necessary.

9 Lessons in Chapter 5: Researching the Speech
Effective Research Strategies: Speaking to Your Audience & Purpose

1. Effective Research Strategies: Speaking to Your Audience & Purpose

Conducting research is more than just typing a few keywords into a search database. In this lesson, you will learn about effective research strategies and how to tailor your research to your audience.

Primary vs. Secondary Research: Difference & Importance

2. Primary vs. Secondary Research: Difference & Importance

Research is a vital part of any good speech. This lesson will help you distinguish between primary and secondary resources when citing your research. At the end, test your knowledge of primary and secondary resources with practice problems.

Types of Supporting Materials for a Speech

3. Types of Supporting Materials for a Speech

When you are developing a speech, you need research to back up your claims. You can use different types of supporting materials strategically to help you. In this lesson, you will learn about these supporting materials and how to use them in your speech.

Using Search Engines for Online Research

4. Using Search Engines for Online Research

The Internet can be a resource that saves you time, but if you don't know how to use it properly, it can be a frustrating experience. In this lesson, you will learn about how to properly find supporting materials online with research tips and tricks.

Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

5. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!

Selecting Relevant Support for Your Speech

6. Selecting Relevant Support for Your Speech

Supporting materials are the foundation of any good speech. This lesson shows you how to find the right type of supporting materials for the ideas and concepts in your speech!

How to Conduct an Interview for Speech Support

7. How to Conduct an Interview for Speech Support

Conducting an interview for speech support is more than just asking a bunch of questions. In this lesson, you will learn about the techniques to prepare and conduct an interview. You will also learn how to best use your interview information for speech support.

Citing Sources While Researching for a Speech

8. Citing Sources While Researching for a Speech

Citing sources while researching for a speech is an important, yet overlooked skill. This skill can help you develop your speech and avoid plagiarism. Learn the tips and tricks for citing sources and researching in this lesson!

Understanding When & How to Cite Sources During a Speech

9. Understanding When & How to Cite Sources During a Speech

Sometimes it can be confusing knowing when and how to cite sources during a speech, especially when using a visual aid like PowerPoint. This lesson has some tips and tricks to help you!

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