COMM 1130 - Public Speaking

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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.
  • Research Clinics are synchronous sessions to work on your research and chat one-on-one with a librarian.
  • 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


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UNM Libraries Hulsman Award 2021


Been assigned a research project? Then enter our competition for cash prizes! Any format is welcome, including research papers, design portfolios, compositions, posters, film, digital projects, and more. If you used library resources to produce your work, you could win!

The Jim and Mary Lois Hulsman Undergraduate Library Research Award program recognizes excellence in undergraduate research that incorporates the use of University Libraries resources and demonstrates sophisticated information literacy skills.

Student award winners receive recognition and a cash prize: 

  • $500 for 1st place
  • $300 for 2nd place
  • $200 for 3rd place

Learn more and apply on the Hulsman Award website!

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