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CAS 110 - Public Speaking (Manning)  

This guide is for CAS 110 Public Speaking with Tracy Manning as instructor.
Last Updated: Feb 8, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The Assignment

In your group, use the Library Tools outlined in class and/or available on the Zondervan Library web site ( to locate each of the following:


  • ·       1 peer-reviewed/scholarly/academic article (6 pts),
  • ·       1 magazine article or report (6 pts),
  • ·       1 newspaper article (6 pts),
  • ·       1 statistical source (6 pts), and
  • ·       1 book (in the Library or that must be borrowed through ILL) (6 pts).

For each item above, you must list:

  • ·       the Library tool you selected,
  • ·       the search terms you used (including any of the tips illustrated in class), and
  • ·       the process you went through to identify each source (e.g., We narrowed the results list of 450 by limiting the date to 2010 to present, the type           of source to Academic Journal, and Full-Text items only).

 If you can’t find one of type of source, explain methods you tried and why.

You will miss 3 points for each item that does not match the category to which you assign it (e.g., a magazine article will not be accepted as an academic article).

You will miss all 6 points if items for that category are easily accessible. If you have trouble locating an item in class ASK FOR HELP.

 Each item must be cited correctly in MLA Style. You will miss 3 points for each item that does not have proper MLA Style formatting.  Each item will be assessed for relevance, and you may lose points if the sources cited bear little to no relevance to your assigned topic.

 This assignment will be discussed in class and must be turned in at the conclusion of class for the points to be recorded.

 BE SURE that each student’s name in the group is written on this assignment so all will receive credit!



Group one: Child abuse in the foster care system in the US

Group two: Internet crime (individuals or on a national scale--you may choose either option)

Group three: Parental leave policies in US compared to international (select one or two other countries)

Group four: Alternative and/or renewable energy sources

Group five: Alternative medical treatment options and insurance coverage (U.S.) and/or compare with international standards.

Group six: Sustainable food development and distribution models

Group seven: Teaching students with disabilities in the US educational system (learning, mental, physical) 


Introduction to CAS 110 Public Speaking

This guide is designed to help you in the research process for speeches for CAS 110.

Connect to the Zondervan Library

Sources: Types, Credibility, Synthesis

1.  One of the first things to think about is what are the kinds of sources to use in giving a speech?

  • Books or e-books
  • Articles: journals, magazines, newspapers
  • Statistics

Start with Zondervan Library tools and resources. Why?

The content is reliable and the statistics are solid.

2. Next consider the credibility of what you have found.

Here is an easy way to remember what to look for when evaluating the information that you find. These questions will help you assess what you might find most useful.    CARS: Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, Support

Credibility. Is this source trustworthy? What are the author’s credentials? Is he or she known or a respected authority on this topic?  Is there evidence of quality control?   Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.

Accuracy. Is the informatio up to date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive? What is the intended audience and purpose? Does it reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy. Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.

Reasonableness.  Is the presentation fair, balanced, objective, reasoned? Can you find that the author has no conflict of interest? Is there an absence of fallacies or slanted tone. Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.

Support:  Does this information provide background sources or references? Is there contact information for the author? Are claims supported, documentated and corroborated?. Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (that is are you able to find at least two other sources (non web) that support it). 

taken from Virtual Salt. Robert Harris

3. Synthesizing the sources.  Once you have gathered a variety of sources, look over them and determine how they fit together and relate to your topic.

  1. What am I trying to say? Do my sources support my ideas?
  2. How does the information from your sources align with your claims? How well does the information tie together?
  3. What ideas seem most common within the information you have gathered?
  4. What pieces should be used as quotations? What should be paraphrased?
  5. How much statistical information do you want to give? How many examples? What are the best examples to use?



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