What is it?
* anecdotes, statistics, quotes
What does it do?
* enlivens and illustrates your speech, enhances credibility
FOUR WAYS OF GATHERING SUPPORTING EVIDENCE
What must you think of when PREPLANNING AN INTERVIEW?
* define your purpose
* know what you want to find out
* decide who you want to interview
* aim as high as you can
* decide whether or not to tape record
What are the advantages of taping interview?
* no note taking: allows better attending to interviewee
* exact record leads to better quotes, no misquoting
* always ask permission
What are the disadvantages of taping interview?
* people become uncomfortable; guarded
* extra post interview work created: transcribing notes
* you must prepare questions beforehand
What should you never do in an interview?
* ask question with answers already known
* ask vague questions
* leading questions or assuming you already know the answer
* ask hostile, loaded questions
What should you do as you arrive for an interview?
* be dressed appropriately
* be on time
* state your purpose; it will lead to better answers
What should you do in an interview?
* stick to your purpose; even through tough questions
* keep it on track
* adjust to feedback
* follow leads where they take you but remember to get back on track
* be a good listener
* ask for clarifications when needed
* don't overstay your welcome
What should you do AFTER THE INTERVIEW?
* review notes as soon as possible
* find main points
* distill useful information
* find succinct answers to specific questions
Check out the Library Activity
What do you find in reference sections?reference section
* encyclopedias; general and specialized
* biographical aids
* gazetteers:geographical dictionaries
--spelling and pronunciation of places
Periodicals databases best for Comm 100 Students
Full Text Periodicals
TIPS FOR LIBRARY RESEARCH
* start today!
* work on your informative and persuasive speeches at the same time
* get lots and lots of leads from card catalogs
* gets lots of material and use what works
take good notes
* use index cards (leads to efficient note taking)
* on each, list your source, topic heading, and bibliography information
* 1 card for each note
* take plenty of notes
use computer database
* create good fields
* be able to sort on those fields
* make sure fields relate to bibliography data
Think about material as you research
* refocus your speech based on findings
Learn more about Library Reasearch with Research Roadmap.