COMM 1130 - Public Speaking

Libraries during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Find the full text online

While searching in a database, look for the  icon. A new window will open, showing one of two possibilities:

Full text online -- takes you straight to the full-text of the article - yay!

No full text online --the Article Linker screen appears with this message: "Sorry, no online full-text holdings were found."  

Even if we don't have access to the full text online, you can usually still get the article you need! Just follow these steps:

  • Click on the "Login to Request this item" link to request the article through Interlibrary Loan or Library Express.  
  • You'll need to set up an account the first time you do this, but after that you can login and the form is already filled out for you to submit.
  • This works for books and journal articles. You will receive an email when the article is ready to download (or the book has arrived in the mail). 


Hello public speaking students!

As you work on your speeches, this guide is here to help.

  • The Home page links out to several collections that can help you do research for your speech.
  • The COMM 1130 Library Tutorial examines the concept of authority and credibility of information.
  • The Finding Background Information Tutorial is an interactive tutorial that guides you through the initial steps in your research project.
  • Research Bytes are asynchronous, short tutorials that cover a range of common topics about doing research and using the library.
  • Remember, the library is here to help! Check out the Tips and help page to get in touch.

Get Started with Background Information

If you are unfamiliar with your topic, you can probably find an overview in one of these resources (it's a good idea to know a little something* about the topic before you look for books and scholarly journal articles):

* 1-min rule:  You can talk about your topic for 1 minute uninterrupted, without consulting outside sources or repeating yourself.

Research your speech

Multidisciplinary Database

A great place to find a little bit of everything.

Current Issues Databases

Check out the following library resources for pro/con perspectives and hot topics.

Local Information

Social & Cultural Databases

Finding Videos

Streaming Platforms

DVDs, Blu-Ray, & VHS

We have a lot of video options for you.  The Fine Arts and Design Library has viewing stations for Blu-Ray, DVD, and VHS.  All UNM library computers have DVD players.  

To find our non-streaming videos, use the library catalog.  You can limit the source type to video to filter out other media (see left hand side of search results).  When you find the video you'd like, make a note of the call number -- most will be in the Fine Arts Library.  

Albuquerque Public Library

The Public Library also has a lot of options for DVDs & Blu-Rays.  It's easy to get a public library card if you don't already have one, and the public library has lots of locations.  They also have this great list of movies filmed in New Mexico.  

Learning Services Librarian

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Alyssa Russo
Centennial Science & Engineering Library, Room L259B