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A guide for IGED: Foundations in Oral Communication


To help develop a focused research question from a broad topic, students are asked to consider the questions in the quadrant below. 


What is your topic? What other issues/events are similar or related to your topic? 


Who is affected by your topic? Who is involved?


How does your topic impact society, culture, politics, economics? 


Why does this topic matter to you? Why should it matter to others? 

For a PDF of the question quadrant, click here.

Finding Sources

We have a number of databases to help you find research to support your speeches.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

The premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

Academic Search Premier

An excellent basic collection for undergraduate research needs. Find journals and books in social sciences, humanities, science, medicine, technology and more.

If neither of these databases fit your needs, see our A-Z Resource list for a full list of resources organized by name, or search for databases by subject.

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources is essential. In using information, we must carefully evaluate not only if it is accurate, authoritative and current, but also appropriate for our needs. We must also be aware of and consider the bias that is present in every source. 

To help accomplish this, you can use the CRAAP Test. This quick test asks you to find out information about your source, and asks straightforward questions for you to consider.

Here are some sample sources for us to consider.


1. Roach, R. (1997). Black theater in transition. Black Issues In Higher Education14(12), 14.

2. Brown, D. ( 2012). What is the state of black theater in D.C.? Washington Post. Retrieved from

3.  Sherman, H. (2015). What Does “Hamilton” Tell Us About Race In Casting?. Retrieved from

4. Lopez, O. (2015, January 16). Fighting With Guerrilla Theater After the Death of Eric Garner. Newsweek164(2). Retrieved from

5. Johnson, E.P. (2010). Poor "Black" Theatre. Theatre History Studies301-13.



1. Caponi, V., & Plesca, M. (2014). Empirical characteristics of legal and illegal immigrants in the USA. Journal Of Population Economics27(4), 923-960. doi:10.1007/s00148-014-0524-x

2. Bier, D. (2016, September 27). Donald Trump Is Wrong—Immigrants Don’t Commit More Crimes. Time. Retrieved from

3. Borowitz, A. (2014, Nov. 19). G.O.P. Unveils Immigration Plan. New Yorker. Retrieved from

4. Rein, L. (2015, September 28). Amid immigration debate, new border chief seeks to turn around beleaguered force. Washington Post. Retrieved from

5. Manuel, J., Passel, J., Cohen, D. (2016). 5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from



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