Researching Your Topic:  You will need minimum of two verifiable and academically acceptable sources for this speech. You will cite these sources during your speech (oral citation), show these in your complete sentence outline (internal reference), and submit them as your Works Cited (bibliography) using MLA or APA citation format at the end of your outline. Your sources need to be verifiable and publish college-level information. Online sources are acceptable as long as they are verifiable and publish college-level information.You will be able to find many sources that you can cite in your speech; two are required, but you are welcome to have more. Failure to sufficiently cite your sources both orally and as internal references in your outline will result in point reduction. If you do not cite any sources, you will have an automatic 50 point reduction for plagiarism.
Here are some reliable and credible online resources that you may use: (Please let me know if you find any broken links. If you don’t see your topic in one of these, then try another. Not all topics are in each resource. Keep looking!) 

Encyclopedia Britannica:   (This is the ONLY encyclopedia accepted as a credible source for this course.)
ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher:
GALE Opposing Viewpoints:;jsessionid=12B48C4D4C6A17B1A538B425403FCEBD.omni_as03?userGroupName=txshracd2500&prodId=OVIC&authCount=1
New York Times:
Public Agenda:
US Environmental Protection Agency:
St. Ambrose University Library Hot Topics:
Research Gate:
US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health:
Lexis Web:
If you need to search outside of the libguide sources, use to help you determine if your source is credible.

Your Works Cited Page:  You may use and to help create your citations.  Be sure you select MLA/ APA/ Chicago when you generate your citation.  Here’s a short video created by our librarians on using Noodle Bib.
Your Organization: Your speech should have an introduction, be ordered logically and include transitions between main points, have two oral citations, a conclusion, a formal outline with two internal references and  MLA/ APA/ Chicago formatted Works Cited entries. All documents, other than PowerPoint presentations, must be submitted as a Word doc. or Word docx. If I cannot open your document, I cannot grade it or provide you any points for your work.
In your speech, you will cover these areas for the three main points of your speech:

Main Point #1: Concept Definition
Main Point #2: Concept History or Applications
Main Point #3: Concept Impact on Society    

Thesis and Preview Statements:

Develop a thesis statement that reflects what you are planning to say about your abstract conept.  

Your speech must have two written references in  MLA/ APA/ Chicago format listed under Works Cited at the end of our outline, AND two oral citations of these SPOKEN within your speech.  In other words, your outline should show the source of your information AND you must STATE the source of your information orally as you present your speech.
Visual Aid:

For this speech, you must use 5 computer generated slides as your visual aid. See my example in eCampus. This means that you need to create some PowerPoint slides that support your speech, AND you must show these slides during your speech.  If you are recording your speech, you must display the computer screen so your audience can see it, AND you must send me copies of your slides with your outline. This will allow me to see the slides while I listen to your recorded presentation. REQUIRED!!!!  Create professional, attractive computer-generated slides. If you have a laptop, please place the laptop screen in a position so that your audience can see your slides. Slides for this presentation usually contain the following:

Definition (how an authority defines the concept)
Visual images  (photographs of landscapes, cities, people that represent this concept)
Charts with pertinent information (statistics and numerical data about this concept)
Bullet points of key points (points listed important facts you want the audience to remember)

See Chapters 19-21 (pages 144-156) in our text for additional guidelines on presentation aids.

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