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Communication 103: Commun 103 Discussion Session

Library research help for students preparing speeches for Communication 103

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to your Communication 103 library workshop session!
The goals of today's workshop are:
  • Assist with finding appropriate databases to search based on your search topic
  • Identify search strategies for finding relevant articles related to your speech topic
  • Learn how to properly cite using APA
  • Discuss finding Milwaukee specific information in UWM's collection and beyond
  • Complete the Library Workshop assignment and learn new skills for finding additional articles for your speeches

Capture: Choose the right tool for your search

Apply: Apply prior knowledge on your topic to create keywords and searches

Assess: Reflect and analyze what information you have found

Cite: Create a properly formatted APA citation for your source

Warm up questions

Is TikTok the best social media platform?
Yes: 110 votes (26.83%)
No: 300 votes (73.17%)
Total Votes: 410
It is best to wake up early and get started on the day.
Yes: 315 votes (87.02%)
No: 47 votes (12.98%)
Total Votes: 362

Searching for a Milwaukee specific topic?

If your speech topic is about an issue in Milwaukee, you may have difficulty finding a research article specifically about your topic in Milwaukee in our academic databases. There are a couple of ways to approach this issue:

1. Use "Milwaukee" as a keyword in your search in a database like Search@UW because you may be able to find news articles as well as peer-reviewed sources

2. Search your topic without Milwaukee, for example, "human trafficking," and use the articles you find to demonstrate the issue on a larger scale and supplement with Milwaukee specific information from sources like local non-profits and newspapers

3. Search using "Wisconsin" instead of Milwaukee

Helpful resources from the UWM Libraries' Digital Commons:

LibKey Nomad

Helpful resources for today's session