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COMM 1071: Introduction to Effective Speaking (UCBA)

This guide supports the research assignments for COMM 1071.

Your Speech Topic

As you develop your speech topic: 

  • Review your assignment for requirements and guidelines
  • Talk with your professor to determine if the speech topic meets the scope and scale of the assignment
  • Make sure you go through the speech topic approval process if required by your professor 

Mapping Your Research Ideas Video

Once you have a final speech topic, the next step is to identify key concepts and keywords about it to help find sources to support your assignment. These keywords and key concepts help build more efficient searches with more relevant search results. The Mapping Your Research Ideas video introduces this concept and shows you how to do this using an example topic.

Note: Video includes pause points to allow time to work on the Keyword Map worksheet

  • Download Keyword Map worksheet (Word file link) or open a new Word document on your device
  • Watch Mapping Your Research Ideas video (2:53 minutes)
  • Complete Keyword Map worksheet using your speech topic 

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