Speech Research Worksheet

Learning Goal: I’m working on a literature question and need support to help me learn.

Speech topic: To inform your audience about the benefits of hybrid vehicles.

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Complete the form(only part I and reflection part) and answer 6 discussion questions

 

Speech Research Worksheet

COM 380 Public Speaking

 

Student’s Name:

Course #/Section:

 

Note: Before completing the Speech Research Worksheet, be sure you have thoroughly read the “Speech Research Activity,” which provides instructions and resources (including on APA format). After completing the research and filling out this worksheet, save it, and upload it (attach) to the eCollege Discussion Board in Unit 3 as part of your initial posting.

 

Your Selected Speech Topic: (type an ‘x’ in the appropriate box)
  Speech Topic 1: To inform your audience how to deliver the Heimlich maneuver.
  Speech Topic 2: To inform your audience about the benefits of hybrid vehicles.
  Speech Topic 3: To inform your audience of the history of Rutgers University.
Research Source #1 (complete the information from your research)
How did you locate this source on the Internet? (type an ‘x’ in the appropriate box and fill out)
  Search Engine –  Name:
  Metasearch Engine – Name:
  Web Directory – Name:
Type of information source (type an ‘x’ in the appropriate box and cite the source following APA 6th edition)
  Website: (name)
  Website article: (name)
  News site: (name)
  Blog: (name)
  Other: (name)
APA citation (6th edition) – Reference List (bibliography) for this source
 

 

Evaluate the source based on 6 key “criteria”
1. Expertise:  Identify the authority of the author who wrote or organization that published the source.
 

 

2. Objectivity:  Was this a balanced viewpoint? If biased, is the source still useful for your speech? Explain.
 

 

3. Accuracy: Was the information accurate? Can it be verified? Are sources of information included? Explain
 

 

4. Currency: Is the source (and information) written recently? Is the information timely or outdated?

Explain.

 

 

5. Origin:  Is the information from a primary, secondary, or tertiary source?  Explain.
 

 

6. Relevancy:  Does the information directly support the speech topic? Explain and include one main point (below).
 

 

One Main Point in speech topic with supporting information from this source:
 

 

 

 

 

Research Source #2 (complete the information from your research)
What periodical database through Rutgers University Libraries did you use? (type an ‘x’ in the appropriate box and fill out)
  Academic Search Premier
  JSTOR
  CQ Researcher
  Westlaw Campus Research
  Factiva
  Communication & Mass Media Complete
  ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
  Other – Specify:
APA citation (6th edition) – Reference List (bibliography) for this source
 

 

Evaluate the source based on 6 key “criteria”
1. Expertise:  Identify the authority of the author who wrote or organization that published the source.
 

 

2. Objectivity:  Was this a balanced viewpoint? If biased, is the source still useful for your speech? Explain.
 

 

3. Accuracy: Was the information accurate? Can it be verified? Are sources of information included? Explain
 

 

4. Currency: Is the source (and information) written recently? Is the information timely or outdated?

Explain.

 

 

5. Origin:  Is the information from a primary, secondary, or tertiary source?  Explain.
 

 

6. Relevancy:  Does the information directly support the speech topic? Explain and include one main point (below).
 

 

One Main Point in speech topic with supporting information from this source:
 

 

Reflection on Research
Question 1: Which of the 6 criteria (expertise, objectivity, accuracy, currency, origin of source, and relevancy) was the most difficult to ascertain when evaluating information sources and why?
 

 

 

 

Question 2: What did you learn about the credibility of sources found on the Internet using search engines vs. sources found in electronic periodical databases through Rutgers University Libraries? Which method do you think is more reliable for academic research (such as speech preparation for this course) and why?