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Public Speaking COMMSTUD 103.71

Goals for today

What you should be able to do by the end of class:

  • Find reputable websites for a chosen topic

  • Search and find articles (popular and academic) on a chosen topic in a library database

Your research experience

Where do you normally begin your research?
Google: 7 votes (87.5%)
Wikipedia: 1 votes (12.5%)
YouTube: 0 votes (0%)
Library databases: 0 votes (0%)
None of these: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 8
How do you typically search Google for your topic?
I type in one or two words to 'test the water': 3 votes (37.5%)
I type in a question: 4 votes (50%)
I look for a video in YouTube: 0 votes (0%)
I use some other method / I don't use Google: 1 votes (12.5%)
Total Votes: 8
How easy is it to select the best sources from search results?
Very easy: 0 votes (0%)
Easy: 3 votes (42.86%)
Somewhat easy: 3 votes (42.86%)
Difficult: 1 votes (14.29%)
Total Votes: 7
How would you describe your experience searching library databases?
Always find what I want: 0 votes (0%)
Often find what I want: 4 votes (57.14%)
Occasionally find what I want: 1 votes (14.29%)
Never find what I want: 0 votes (0%)
I don't use databases: 2 votes (28.57%)
Total Votes: 7
What method do you use to cite your sources?
I use an online citation manager (like Bib Me & Easy Bib): 3 votes (37.5%)
I use the citation tools in databases: 2 votes (25%)
I format citations by hand: 3 votes (37.5%)
I don't use any particular method: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 8


To get more relevant search results, limit your search to a domain such as .edu, .org, .gov, .net. To do this, enter your keywords followed by the command site:[domain].

For example, if your topic is about the problem of feral cats, you'd type into the search box: feral cats site:gov

Google Scholar

If off-campus enable the Library Links (go to Settings > Library Links > Search for 'Bloomsburg' and check to apply)

Look for FullText@BloomU links to obtain articles. If you don't see any, try clicking on the double arrows >> to display the links.


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