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Develop Keywords & Search Terms


Hunger Games --> too broad

What are the most effective strategies to win the Hunger Games? --> just right

1. most effective strategies - surviving, survival, food, water, protection from elements, protection from weapons, protection from Districts 1 & 2, sponsorship, donations of supplies, appealing to Panem’s citizens, 

2. win - surviving, cash money, new home in the Winner’s Circle, helping out family.

3, Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins, fight to the death, reality television.

Research Suggestions Video

Informative Speech Database Recommendations

EBSCOhost All Databases

  • Hundreds of thousands of news, magazine, & scholarly journal articles as well as eBooks. I recommend searching with 3-4 keywords/search terms so you do not get thousands of results.

Gale eBooks

  • Gale eBooks is sort of like an academic Wikipedia. Searching for 1 or 2 words is usually the best way to use this database.

Persuasive Speech Database Recommendations

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

  • Pro/Con arguments about issues. Do keyword searches (1 or 2 words), or browse the MAIN ISSUES the database covers to find something that applies to your topic. I would recommend exclusively looking at VIEWPOINT ESSAYS (including FEATURED VIEWPOINT ESSAYS).

CQ Researcher

  • I have a love/hate relationship with this database. It has a fascinating history (I'll tell you sometime if you're curious). Some articles are dated, but if you find something recent that's on your topic they have excellent information. The best thing to find are "REPORTS" which are lengthy articles and, specifically, look for the PRO/CON section in the report which features two individuals sharing differing perspectives.