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Public Speaking 2018-2019: PERSUASIVE

Research for Persuasive Speeches

According to the textbook, Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking, persuasive speeches seek to change the audience's "attitudes, values, [or] beliefs" or their "behavior" [chapter 17]. 

For or Against?

QVCC News Sources

Scholarly Articles & Magazines

News Online

NON-PARTISAN: These sites endeavor to remain neutral.  This is not an exhaustive list, but may give you a good start.

LEFT or RIGHT PERSPECTIVE: This is not an exhaustive list.  Just a way to get started:

News & Commentary with a Left-Leaning Perspective News & Comomentary with a Right-Leaning Perspective
Slate Fox News
Guardian Drudge Report
Daily Show Breitbart
MSNBC Glenn Beck


Government Statistics

  • The U.S. Census Bureau gathers and reports statistics on the U.S. population, economy, education, agriculture, and so much more. For a student-researcher, it can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack.  Start small:
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics collects, analyzes and reports data about labor, employment and unemployment, pay and benefits, productivity, inflation and pricing, workplace injuries and more.