Speech 1100 Presentation Research


Evaluate all of your sources for:
   • Currency - the timeliness of the information
   • Relevance - the importance of the information for your needs
   • Accuracy - the reliability and correctness of the information
   • Authority - the source of the information
   • Purpose - the reason the information exists

Resources to help you evaluate your sources
   • Evaluating Sources - www.codlrc.org/evaluating
   • CRAAP Sources workshops (schedule

Resources to help you research
   • CQ Researcher and Issues & Controversies - www.codlrc.org/databases/current-events
   • Speech Research Basics - www.codlrc.org/speech/basics
   • Finding Evidence - www.codlrc.org/speech/evidence
   • Researching Current Events and Controversial Topics - www.codlrc.org/current
   • Persuasive Speech Research: Organizational Methods and Evidence tutorial - www.codlrc.org/speech/tutorials
   • Google It workshops (see current schedule)
   • Persuasive Speech workshops (see current schedule)

Oral Citations

As you present your speech, you will need to provide information about your sources:
   • Who/What - author or title
   • When - date of publication

Resources to help you prepare an oral citation
   • Oral Citation Basics - www.codlrc.org/research/fundamentals/oral
   • Oral Citations workshops (see current schedule)

Annotated Bibliography

Your annotated bibliography will include MLA citations and short descriptive and evaluative paragraphs about each source. Include one or more sentences that:
   • evaluate the authority or background of the author
   • comment on the intended audience
   • compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or
   • explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic

Resources to help you create an annotated bibliography
   • Citing Sources: MLA - www.codlrc.org/citing/MLA
   • Online Bibliography Managers - www.codlrc.org/research/fundamentals/citing
   • How to Create an Annotated Bibliography - www.codlrc.org/citing/annotated

Additional Assistance

The Library and Speech Assistance Center are freely available resources on campus where you can get help with every step of preparing your presentations.
Ask a Librarian - www.codlrc.org/ask
   • Visit the Reference Desk
   • Schedule a research appointment
   • Email a librarian
   • Chat online

Speech Assistance Center
   • Schedule an appointment with a coach - in person or online
   • Watch Speech Assistance video tutorials
   • Attend a Speech Assistance workshop

Cultural Artifact Speech Resources


Researching Your Cultural Artifacts Presentation Topic

Cultural Studies Resources


The Edible Series
Edible is a revolutionary series of books that explores the rich history of cuisine. Ranging from Chocolate to Ice Cream, from Cocktails to Whiskey, from Caviar to Lobster, each book reveals the global history and culture of a particular food or beverage.

  • Hamburger- TX749.5.B43 S63 2008
  • Pork- TX749.5.P67 R64 2012
  • Lemon- TX558.L5 S66 2012
  • Pudding- TX773 .Q56 2012
  • Dates- TX558.D35 N37 2011
  • Pancake- TX770 .A43 2008
  • Sandwich- TX818 .W548 2010
  • Cocktails- TX951 .C37 2012
  • Ice Cream- TX795 .W465 2011
  • Tea: TX415 .S23 2010
  • Champagne- TP555 .E67 2011
  • Bread- TX769 .R823 2011
  • Vodka- TP607.V6 H47 2012
  • Hot Dog- TX749 .K73 2009
  • Pizza- TX770.P58 H45 2008
  • Wine- TP549 .M55 2013
  • Pie- TX773 .C53 2009
  • Soup- TX757 .C53 2010
  • Figs- SB365 .S88 2014
  • Donut- TX770.D67 H86 2015
  • Rice- TX809.R5 M35 2014


Objekt Series
Books in the Objekt series examine a wide range of iconic modern objects across many design fields, including architecture, industrial design, graphics and fashion. The books are not intended as exhaustive histories of their subject, but are written as thematic and discursive essays, keeping in mind the broader cultural meanings of objects or buildings as much as their intended functions in the modern period.

  • Ship- VM18 .V68 2011
  • Chair- NK2715 .M37 2011
  • Motorcycle- TL440 .A44 2007
  • Bridge- TG300 .B57 2008
  • Theme Park- GV1851.A35 L83 2008
  • Bathroom- NK2117.B33 P46 2013
  • Factory- e-book (Art & Architecture Complete)
  • School- e-book (Art & Architecture Complete)

Object Lessons
Object Lessons is a series of concise, collectable, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Each book starts from a specific inspiration: an historical event, a literary passage, a personal narrative, a technological innovation-and from that starting point explores the object of the title, gleaning a singular lesson or multiple lessons along the way. Featuring contributions from writers, artists, scholars, journalists, and others, the emphasis throughout is lucid writing, imagination, and brevity. Object Lessons paints a picture of the world around us, and tells the story of how we got here, one object at a time.

  • Hair
  • Bookshelf
  • Questionnaire
  • Refrigerator
  • Remote Control
  • Drone
  • Waste
  • Phone Booth
  • Hotel
  • Dust
  • Driver's license
  • Hood
  • Shipping Container
  • Golf Ball
  • Bread
  • Silence
  • Cigarette Lighter
  • Password
  • Glass


Topographics Series

  • Zeropolis: The Experience of Las Vegas- F849.L35 B38 2003
  • Cambodia- DS554.5 .F74 2004
  • Warsaw- DK4622 .C76 2003
  • Romania: Borderland of Europe- DR217 .B65 2001

Contemporary Issues

Focus on Contemporary Issues

  • Retro: The Culture of Revival- GT511 .G84 2006
  • Chromophobia- N7432.7 .B3 2000
  • Stalking- HV6594 .N53 2006
  • Contemporary Gothic- HQ796 .S693 2006
  • Animal- QL85 .F83 2002
  • Global Dimensions: Space, Place and the Contemporary World- JZ1318 .S46 2001
  • Celebrity- BJ1470.5 .R65 2001


33 1/3
33 1/3 is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains 115 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike.

  • 1 Dusty in Memphis- Dusty Springfield 1969 Warren Zanes
  • 2 Forever Changes -Love 1967 Andrew Hultkrans
  • 3 Harvest -Neil Young 1972 Sam Inglis
  • 4 The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society -The Kinks 1968 Andy Miller
  • 5 Meat Is Murder- The Smiths 1985 Joe Pernice
  • 6 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn- Pink Floyd 1967 John Cavanagh
  • 7 ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits -ABBA 1992 Elisabeth Vincentelli
  • 8 Electric Ladyland -The Jimi Hendrix Experience 1968 John Perry
  • 9 Unknown Pleasures- Joy Division 1979 Chris Ott
  • 10 Sign “☮” the Times - Prince 1987 Michaelangelo Matos
  • 11 The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground 1967 Joe Harvard
  • 12 Let It Be -The Beatles 1970 Steve Matteo
  • 13 Live at the Apollo -James Brown 1963 Douglas Wolk
  • 14 Aqualung-Jethro Tull 1971 Allan Moore
  • 15 OK Computer-Radiohead 1997 Dai Griffiths
  • 16 Let It Be -The Replacements 1984 Colin Meloy
  • 17 Led Zeppelin IV -Led Zeppelin 1971 Erik Davis
  • 18 Exile on Main St. -The Rolling Stones 1972 Bill Janovitz
  • 19 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys 1966 Jim Fusilli
  • 20 Ramones- Ramones 1976 Nicholas Rombes
  • 21 Armed Forces -Elvis Costello 1979 Franklin Bruno
  • 22 Murmur- R.E.M. 1983 J. Niimi
  • 23 Grace - Jeff Buckley 1994 Daphne Brooks
  • 24 Endtroducing..... -DJ Shadow 1996 Eliot Wilder
  • 25 Kick Out the Jams - MC5 1969 Don McLeese
  • 26 Low - David Bowie 1977 Hugo Wilcken
  • 27 Born in the U.S.A. -Bruce Springsteen 1984 Geoffrey Himes
  • 28 Music from Big Pink -The Band 1968 John Niven
  • 29 In the Aeroplane over the Sea- Neutral Milk Hotel 1998 Kim Cooper
  • 30 Paul's Boutique -Beastie Boys 1989 Dan Le Roy
  • 31 Doolittle - Pixies 1989 Ben Sisario
  • 32 There's a Riot Goin' On -Sly and the Family Stone 1971 Miles Marshall Lewis
  • 33 The Stone Roses -The Stone Roses 1989 Alex Green
  • 34 In Utero-Nirvana 1993 Gillian G. Gaar
  • 35 Highway 61 Revisited -Bob Dylan 1965 Mark Polizzotti
  • 36 Loveless -My Bloody Valentine 1991 Mike McGonigal
  • 37 The Who Sell Out -The Who 1967 John Dougan
  • 38 Bee Thousand - Guided by Voices 1994 Marc Woodworth
  • 39 Daydream Nation -Sonic Youth 1988 Matthew Stearns
  • 40 Court and Spark -Joni Mitchell 1974 Sean Nelson
  • 41 Use Your Illusion I and II -Guns N' Roses 1991 Eric Weisbard
  • 42 Songs in the Key of Life-Stevie Wonder 1976 Zeth Lundy
  • 43 The Notorious Byrd Brothers -The Byrds 1968 Ric Menck
  • 44 Trout Mask Replica -Captain Beefheart 1969 Kevin Courrier
  • 45 Double Nickels on the Dime -Minutemen 1984 Michael T. Fournier
  • 46 Aja -Steely Dan 1977 Don Breithaupt
  • 47 People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm - A Tribe Called Quest 1990 Shawn Taylor
  • 48 Rid of Me -PJ Harvey 1993 Kate Schatz
  • 49 Achtung Baby -U2 1991 Stephen Catanzarite
  • 50 If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle & Sebastian 1996 Scott Plagenhoef
  • 51 Pink Moon -Nick Drake 1972 Amanda Petrusich
  • 52 Let's Talk About Love -Celine Dion 1997 Carl Wilson
  • 53 Swordfishtrombones -Tom Waits 1983 David Smay
  • 54 20 Jazz Funk Greats - Throbbing Gristle 1979 Drew Daniel
  • 55 Horses -Patti Smith 1975 Philip Shaw
  • 56 Master of Reality -Black Sabbath 1971 John Darnielle
  • 57 Reign in Blood - Slayer 1986 D.X. Ferris
  • 58 Shoot Out the Lights -Richard and Linda Thompson 1982 Hayden Childs
  • 59 Gentlemen -The Afghan Whigs 1993 Bob Gendron
  • 60 Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash -The Pogues 1985 Jeffery T. Roesgen
  • 61 The Gilded Palace of Sin - The Flying Burrito Brothers 1969 Bob Proehl
  • 62 Pink Flag -Wire 1977 Wilson Neate
  • 63 XO - Elliott Smith 1998 Mathew Lemay
  • 64 Illmatic -Nas 1994 Matthew Gasteier
  • 65 Radio City - Big Star 1974 Bruce Eaton
  • 66 One Step Beyond... - Madness 1979 Terry Edwards
  • 67 Another Green World - Brian Eno 1975 Geeta Dayal
  • 68 Zaireeka The Flaming Lips- 1997 Mark Richardson
  • 69 69 Love Songs -The Magnetic Fields 1999 LD Beghtol
  • 70 Facing Future - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 1993 Dan Kois
  • 71 It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back -Public Enemy 1988 Christopher R. Weingarten
  • 72 Wowee Zowee -Pavement 1995 Bryan Charles
  • 73 Highway to Hell- AC/DC 1979 Joe Bonomo
  • 74 Song Cycle -Van Dyke Parks 1968 Richard Henderson
  • 75 Spiderland - Slint 1991 Scott Tennent
  • 76 Kid A - Radiohead 2000 Marvin Lin
  • 77 Tusk - Fleetwood Mac 1979 Rob Trucks
  • 78 Pretty Hate Machine Nine Inch Nails 1989 Daphne Carr
  • 79 Chocolate and Cheese Ween 1994 Hank Shteamer
  • 80 American Recordings Johnny Cash 1994 Tony Tost
  • 81 Some Girls The Rolling Stones 1978 Cyrus Patell
  • 82 You're Living All Over Me Dinosaur Jr. 1987 Nick Attfield
  • 83 Marquee Moon Television 1977 Bryan Waterman
  • 84 Amazing Grace Aretha Franklin 1972 Aaron Cohen
  • 85 Dummy Portishead 1994 RJ Wheaton
  • 86 Fear of Music Talking Heads 1979 Jonathan Lethem

Communication and Civic Engagement

Questions to consider when selecting your topic

What does it mean to be a good citizen?

Examples: Voting, Volunteering, Participating, Staying Educated; Paying Attention to the News.

What is civic engagement?

Examples: Political Involvement; Service Learning

What does it mean to be a responsible citizen-speaker?

Examples: Using your real name online; Not accepting cyberbullying

What are the challenges of a democratic citizenship?

Examples: Freedom of speech vs. hate speech; Volunteering is voluntary

How can everyday people participate in meaningful public discussions?

Examples: Town hall meetings; We the People petitions

What is community?

Examples: Family and the family meal; College of DuPage; Neighborhoods; Support groups

How do we build community in the 21st century?

Examples: Online social networks; Clubs; Coming together around a cause (disaster relief, food drives, etc.)

What organizations exist to help people participate in community-building?

Examples: Susan G. Komen Foundation; Park districts; Habitat for Humanity; Teach for America; Service learning

Getting Started

  1. Which Question interests you?
  2. What examples come to mind?
  3. Pick a single example and connect it to the ideas from Ch. 1-3 in the textbook
  4. Think about how you would research this topic—terms & keywords

Ideas from Ch. 1-3

  • Speaking responsibly
  • Thinking critically
  • Honesty & accountability
  • Communicating ethically
  • Communicating effectively
  • Getting involved
  • Learning lessons from the past
  • Ethical issues in public speaking

Rhetorical Artifacts Panel Presentation

  1. Background Research
  2. Sources
  3. Evaluating
  4. Citing


COD Library Reference Collection
Use reference sources like subject encyclopedias to find a topic, narrow your topic, find keywords, and get background information before you even start your research.

Reference Databases


  • Credo Online: online subject encyclopedias
  • Research in Context: great for biographies, history
  • Wikipedia: find the scope of your topic, keywords, references

Books to Get You Started

Search the Reference and Reference E-book collection for “culture” for these & more

  • Material Culture in America Reference GN560.U6 M37 2008
  • Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture Reference E169.1 .S764 2000
  • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture Reference E169.1 .S764 2000
  • Fashion, Costume and Culture Reference GT511 ..P26 2004
  • Rituals and Ceremonies in Popular Culture  General E 169.12 .R55
  • Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture Electronic Resource


General Databases
Find articles on any subject. Includes scholarly and popular sources.

  • Academic OneFile
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete

Subject Databases

Get focused results on specific types of topics.
Social Science: SocIndex (with full-text articles to the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American Culture)
Biography: American National Biography, Discovering Collection
History: Berg Fashion Library, History Research Center, JSTOR

Newspaper Databases

  • New York Times Historical (1851-2004)
  • Chicago Tribune Historical (1849-1986)
  • National Newspapers Proquest: Includes Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, and Christian Science Monitor
  • Newspaper Source: Articles from regional and international English-language papers.

Library Catalog
Find books and videos in the Library and eBooks and more online

  • Do a Keyword search in the library catalog
  • Found the perfect book? Use Subject Headings to find more like it

Search for information from organizations, government sites and more.

  • Limit results to .gov, .edu or .org sites using Google Advanced Search
  • Click on Google’s News link to find articles from national news outlets



  • Authority/Credibility: Who wrote this information and are they experts?
  • Purpose: Is this source informational or biased?
  • Currency: Is this source up-to-date?
  • Accuracy: Is this information based on fact or opinion?


General Citation Information


Library Assignment

The assignment is to look up a scholarly, peer-reviewed, or refereed article in a communications journal. It must be a Communication journal. (Not a Speech Pathology Journal or Psychology Journal)

There are two easy ways to find a scholarly, peer-reviewed article in a communications journal. 1.) Find a specific scholarly journal and browse the articles or 2.) Search the database Communication and Mass Media Complete for a scholarly article.

To find a specific journal title

  1. Go to Catalog on the Library's website
  2. Click the link for Advanced Search
  3. In the Title box, enter the name of the journal

To find articles in the database Communication & Mass Media Complete.

  1. Go to Databases on the Library's website
  2. Click "General Databases" under General
  3. Scroll down and click the link for Communication and Mass Media Complete
    • You will need your library card to access this database from off-campus
  4. Before you enter your search term, select "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" and "Full Text" in the Limit your results box.

For information on APA citations, visit http://www.cod.edu/library/research/citenet.htm


Speech Assignments

Looking for Vital Speeches of the Day?
This publication is available online through Academic Search Complete.

  1. Follow this link: http://cod.worldcat.org/oclc/1769234
  2. Click Access Journal
  3. You can select an issue to browse from the list on the right; or click Search this Publication to find a topic of interest.






  • Musical Me Presentation
  • Tags: 

    "Musical Me" Speech Research

    Genre Information

    A comprehensive and in-depth resource for finding out more about the albums, bands, musicians and songs you love, including reviews and ratings.
    Music discovery and editorial site curating and filtering underground music. Features articles, interviews and reviews written about, and posted by a staff of young DJs, touring artists, record collectors, and music lovers based in San Francisco and Chicago.

    Reviews, Biographies and Interviews

    Reference Books

    Contemporary Musicians: ML 385 .C615 
    Covers all genres of modern music, Contemporary Musicians profiles artists involved in rock, jazz, pop, rap, rhythm and blues, folk, New Age, country, gospel and reggae.
    Encyclopedia of Popular Music: ML 102 .P66 G84 
    Featuring a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music, the Encyclopedia offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals..
    Icons of Hip Hop: ML 394 .I26 
    From Run DMC to Eminem, this encyclopedia uncovers the histories of important artists both inside and outside the hip-hop mainstream, all while examining the varied and ever-changing forms of the music.
    Icons of R&B and Soul: ML 3479 .G85 
    Through substantial entries on the chief architects and innovators, Icons of R&B and Soul offers a vibrant overview of the music's impact in American culture and how it reflected contemporary society's politics, trends, and social issues.
    Icons of Rock: ML 3534 .S336 
    Icons of Rock offers a vivid overview of rock's pervasive role in the United States by profiling the lives and work of the music's most legendary artists.


    You will need a valid Library card to access these resources from off-campus.
    Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
    Reference guide to popular music from all corners of the globe. Includes extensive bibliographies, discographies, sheet music listings and filmographies
    Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture
    This inclusive encyclopedia chronicles the history and development of punk, including sub-movements such as Hardcore, Post-punk, Queercore, and Emo, to provide readers with an extensive overview of the music, fashion, films, and philosophies behind it.
    The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music
    covers the major players in the vast history of popular music in the twentieth century. With varied entries covering everything from bebop to western swing by way of psychedelic rock,

    General Databases

    You will need a valid Library card to access these resources from off-campus.
    Academic OneFile Covers all types of music.
    Academic Search Complete All purpose database.
    Discovering Collection Short biographies of artists

    Newspaper Databases

    You will need a valid Library card to access these resources from off-campus.
    Chicago Tribune and Chicago Tribune Historical 1849 to the present.
    New York Times and New York Times Historical 1851 to the present.

    Citing Sources

    General Citation Information:

    Lyric websites 

    Last name, First name of song author. "Song Title." Name of WebSite. Medium consulted. Date of access.
    Doughty, Mike, et al. "Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago." Lyrics.com. Web. 17 September 2009.


    Last name, First name. Title.
    Ellington, Duke. Conga Brava.

    Liner Notes

    Last name, First name. Title of Liner Notes or description. Recording Title. Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium.
    Smalls, Biggie. Liner notes. Life after Death. Bad Boy Records, 1997. CD.

    • If the liner notes do not have a title use Liner notes.
    • If the liner notes are from an online database or website you would add the appropriate source information to the citation.


    Researching Current Events and Controversial Topics

    1. Books
    2. Databases
    3. Websites

    At Issue
    One hundred titles representing a wide range of opinion on a single controversial subject. Each volume includes primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives -- eyewitnesses, scientific journals, government officials and many others. Extensive bibliographies and annotated lists of relevant organizations to contact offer a gateway to future research.

    Contemporary World Issues
    The ABC-CLIO Contemporary World Issues Collection highlights 74 reference works covering a wide range of compelling, relevant topics in the US and internationally. Addressing issues of current interest, such as political participation, immigration, and homelessness, this collection offers students a compelling research tool.

    Current Controversies
    Each anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of primary sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields. This unique approach provides students with a concise view of divergent opinions on each topic. Extensive book and periodical bibliographies and a list of organizations to contact are also included.

    Global Viewpoints
    Global Viewpoints examines a range of current, often controversial issues and topics, from a variety of international perspectives. Each anthology features a wealth of speeches, government documents, essays from respected authors, articles from international magazines and information from worldwide news sources.

    Information Plus
    The Information Plus Reference Series provides statistical data on 32 of today's most controversial and most studied social issues. Each Information Plus title is a compilation of current and historical statistics -- with analysis -- on aspects of one contemporary social issue, such as abortion, capital punishment, and genetic engineering. Each title is divided into chapters that are devoted to a particular topic. The text provides a clear and comprehensive summary of up-to-date research on the topic and is interspersed with the statistical tables, charts, and graphs. Each table is directly referred to and carefully explained in the text.

    Issues On Trial
    Each volume focuses on a specific issue, presenting primary source materials like the text of court rulings and dissenting opinions, as well as analysis and opinion on the rulings. This engaging series offers a wealth of information on the historical and contemporary aspects of issues confronting society, while meeting the academic demand for reliable information tied to law and social sciences.

    Opposing Viewpoints
    Each title explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. By choosing from such diverse sources and including both popular and unpopular views, the Opposing Viewpoints editorial team has adhered to its commitment to editorial objectivity. Readers are exposed to many sides of a debate, which promotes issue awareness as well as critical thinking.

    What Everyone Needs to Know
    Each volume in the series offers a balanced and authoritative primer on complex current event issues and countries. Popular topics include International Politics, Environmental Policies, World History, Sciences & Math, and Religion & Spirituality.

    To access Current Event Library databases from off-campus, you will need to log in with your Blackboard username and password..

    CQ Researcher
    The CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of today's most important issues. Each report is on a single topic more than 12,000 words in text and extensive bibliographies. Each weekly issue provides up-to-date information on controversial subjects reported by CQ's staff of experienced reporters.

    Issues And Controversies
    Issues and Controversies helps students understand crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. This database is great for research papers and debate preparation.

    The Annenberg Public Policy Center
    Policy briefs and research on the role of communication in politics, adolescent behavior, child development, health care, civics and mental health, and other areas.

    Cato Institute
    The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank – dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

    Information Is Beautiful
    Visual maps of facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions.

    Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues
    Provides resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias.

    Public Agenda Online
    Public Agenda conducts nonpartisan, in-depth, nuanced opinion research with the general public and/or specific stakeholder groups on a wide range of issues.



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