Research Guide for

COMM 1100 Introduction to Human Communication (Pearson)


Online Speech Databases

American Rhetoric - Speech Bank
A Free online database of American speeches over time. Transcripts and audio or video are included when available.

TED Talks
A number of speeches concerning issues and ideas related to modern America dating back to 1984. Transcripts and video available. 


Find Articles

All topics, all kinds of articles All Topics, newspaper articles Education topics, academic articles

Research Reminders & Videos

  • Research is a process. You probably won’t find everything you need on the first try. You may have to try several of these databases and search options mentioned above to find all the information you need.
  • If you can’t find much on your topic, try different keywords (synonyms) or a new database.
  • If you have questions about keywords or which databases to use, ask a librarian!
The following videos contain tips for how to find and evaluate sources.

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

Developing Keywords

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Access Databases from Off Campus

Off-Campus Access Info
In order to access databases and other Library resources from off campus, login with your StarID and password when prompted.  Off-campus access to library databases is only available to current Normandale students, staff, and faculty.


Cite your Sources (MLA)

MLA Quick Guide (PDF)
See MLA citation examples for the most common types of sources (9th edition).

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
This website offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page. Uses MLA 9th edition.