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SPEECH 101: Fundamentals of Speech Communication: Searches, Databases, & Citations

Basic Search & Help Tools

Citations

The preferred citation style for this course is APA (American Psychological Association).  The resources below can help you learn how to format your citations.

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Recommended Academic Databases

Obituaries

Obituaries make for an excellent source for biographic information.  Moreover, a good obituary can also function like a good memorial speech.  The following news media and newspaper databases contain options for looking for obituaries.

In the following ProQuest databases, you can limit your search to obituaries by clicking on "Advanced Search," and then under "Document Type on the bottom left, scrolling down and selecting "Obituary."

Philadelphia Daily News journalist Jim Nicholson (d. 2019) was known known as "the obituary writer of the common man."  In his 1987 interview with NPR's Terry Gross, Nicholson offers insight on how to bring poetic dignity to people of all backgrounds.

Citing an Obituary: See APA's Newspaper and website guidelines.

Pareles, J., C. Ganz, and J. Jones.  (2016, January 12).  David Bowie, Star Who Fame Transcended Music, Dies at 69.  The New York Times, p. A24.

Pareles, J., C. Ganz, and J. Jones.  (2016, January 12).  David Bowie, Star Who Fame Transcended Music, Dies at 69.  The New York Times.  Retireved from https://www.proquest.com/newspapers/david-bowie-star-whose-fame-transcended-music/docview/1755718929/se-2

Sharpen your search with Boolean Operators!

You can get more targeted search results in your computer searches by using the three Boolean operators, AND, OR, and NOT.

Infographic courtesy Slippery Rock University, https://sru.libguides.com/english/librarybasics/booleanoperators