- Speech Resourcess
Accessible through the College of the Canyons Web site, the online catalog will indicate what we own and where it is located in the collection. To find resources on Speech-related topics you may want to start by opening the online catalog and selecting the Subject search option. After you type in "Speeches" or “Oratory” as a subject you will see a number of books listed. Or, if there is a specific topic you are researching you may want to search it as a subject, such as “Capital punishment” The online catalog will provide you with the following information: the call number of the item, the type of material (i.e. book, video recording, DVD, pamphlet), any special location for the items (reserve room, media reserves, reference, etc.), and will tell you whether or not the item is available.
Issues and Controversies is a database that focuses on information regarding heavily debated contemporary political and social issues. Each topic is treated in an unbiased manner that presents different sides of the issue at hand. This database may help you find very valuable statistics and historical background on your topic.
Gale Biography in Context is a database that features biographical information on more than 165,000 individuals. It covers a wide range of historical periods, disciplines, and subject areas. The information that you have access to is drawn from a number of different sources. This includes entries from numerous reference books and full-text articles from more than 250 periodicals. The entries and articles that you may retrieve are written by journalists, noted scholars, and subject experts . In many cases you may also be able to see additional information including bibliographies and links to pertinent sites on the World Wide Web.
ProQuest Direct is a database consisting of citations, abstracts and in many cases full-text articles from over ten thousand publications, including magazines, newspapers and academic journals. You may save the articles by printing them out, downloading to diskette, or emailing them to your account. Example: you are preparing a speech on nanotechnology with a focus on some of the ethical issues. From the Topics Guide page (the first screen you see when you open up ProQuest) the Basic Search screen you might try typing Nanotechnology and ethics. The results can be seen below:
Note that you do not have your list of articles just yet. You need to click on "View documents" to get you results. Below you will see a list of articles that resulted after selecting Nanotechnology AND Ethics:
Note that the first three articles have a checked box next to them. This is because the articles have been marked. Marking the articles will place them in the My Research folder (see at the top of the screen shot). Clicking on this folder will allow you to format your citations and email as many documents as you wish to your private email account. Please also note that ProQuest will display related search terms (seen at the very top). This feature allows you to expand on your results without having to conduct another search.
ProQuest is a large database with a number of different search options. You are strongly encouraged to consult with a librarian for further assistance.
Selected Statistical Resources
Statistical Abstract of the United States: Published every year by the U.S. Census Bureau, this source contains valid statistical information on all areas of American public life.
Fedstats.gov: Contains statistical information from 100 government agencies
Please see a librarian to obtain passwords for the above-mentioned databases or if you have any questions regarding the information covered in this research guide.
To find out how to properly cite the information found in the above-mentioned resources, please see the page concerning MLA citation style.
Concerned about plagiarism? See this Glendale College Library page Avoiding Plagiarism.