If you are reading this, you probably need to find some kind of evidence or source to support claims or arguments in a speech for class. There are many places that you can find this kind of information, and depending on your topic, the information can be very different. This guide will attempt to get you started and show you some of the options you have to find information through the library.
If you are looking for books on a controversial issue or topic, you might want to look for a book in the "Opposing Viewpoints" or "The Reference Shelf" series. These books provide a look at topics and issues with perspectives from all sides. Try searching the library catalog for the names of the series given above, and choose "series" from the dropdown search menu.
If you choose you search through regular, open-access websites using a tool like Google to find sources for your speech or paper, you'll want to be sure to evaluate the websites you find to be sure that the information you get from them is good. To help you evaluate the websites you find, you can use the CRAAP test. CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose; things you should check for in websites. The following sheet will help walk you though the questions to ask about a website.
The links in this box are all to library sponsored databases. These databases can be accessed from anywhere with a FGCU ID number.
If you need high quality information with clear explanation of where it came from, who wrote it and when, databases are the best place to start. Look at the following databases to see which might be right for your topic.
Newspaper sources (great for current events and popular culture topics)