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COM 121 Fundamentals of Communication: Informative Speech Sources

This guide will help students find the resources they need for their speech assignments for COM 121


This guide was created to help find credible sources that can be used in the Informative and Persuasive Speech assignment for COM 121.

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What is a "Peer-Reviewed" Article?

If an article is peer-reviewed, it means that a board of scholarly reviewers have analyzed the article for quality of research and adherence to editorial standards of the journal before accepting it for publication. This high standard of writing, content, and research quality results in the highest quality scholarly articles on your subject.

If you use materials from peer-reviewed publications, they have been vetted by scholars in the field for quality and importance (SDSU Library, n.d.). 

SDSU Library. (n.d.). What is peer review? Retrieved July 14, 2020, from

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Find databases by subjects

World News Digest

If focusing on a historical or global event, use World News Digest or SIRS Researcher databases. 

SIRS Researcher

Nexis Uni

If focusing on a current or recent event, use Nexis Uni to search for recent newspaper articles on the topic. 

Biography Reference Bank

If focusing on a person, use Biography Reference Bank database. 

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