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COMM 105: Introduction to Public Speaking

This guide provides resources to help students prepare speech assignments and/or argumentative papers.

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  • Books at UA
  • Books in OhioLINK
  • Streaming Video & Audio
  • Book Reviews

Because ZipSearch includes so many resources, it can be helpful to limit your results. On the initial search page you can limit your results to resources that are available online, peer reviewed, or recently published.

ZipSearch Homepage


And then on the Search results page you will have additional filter options that can be accessed by selecting 'All filters' below the search box. Pick what filters you want to use and select 'Apply Filters'. Subject and Source Type are two of the more useful filters.

If you are not able to find what you are looking for using ZipSearch, then please Contact the Library and we would be happy to help. You can also checkout the Library's Subject Guides for help researching a particular subject.

Certain materials are easier to find using the Library Catalog. This is because the Library Catalog has different search options and results. These materials include:

  • Course Reserves Items
  • Music Scores
  • Streaming Video & Audio
  • Government Documents

Using ZipSearch

Recommended Databases

  • Much of the information found in databases is not available in Google or other search engines.  If you have never researched a database, watch the tutorial, "Search Using Keywords" first (click the Research Strategies tab).

News Databases