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CMJ 103: Fundamentals of Public Communication

Your subject librarian is Jen Bonnet 

Informative: develop a subject that is both interesting to you and relevant to the current national and/or global discussion. This subject will also be used for the Persuasive presentation. Annotated Bibliography, at least 5 sources.

Persuasive: using the subject you began in the Informative presentation, you will now build an interesting, relevant persuasive performance that either offers the audience a challenging call to action or a dramatic shift in belief, using at least 7 credible sources.

Topic Overviews with Pro/Con Arguments Newspapers - Current Issues
  • Proquest Newsstand - more than 500 U.S. and international papers
    Look for background information on current topics such as animals in captivity, or health care
  • Lexis/Nexis - national and international newspaper articles
  • Maine Newsstand - local news from papers in Maine
Research your Topic
Use the drop-down menu at to identify online databases where you might find research that addresses your topic. Based on your topics, some databases that will be a good place to start are:

Use URSUS to locate books and journals that are housed in the library. You may also request books, book chapters, and journal articles from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.

Additional Resources on your Topics
  • Vital Speeches of the Day - available through Academic Search Complete
    Collection of speeches by public figures, described by VSOTD as "a monthly collection of the best speeches in the world"
  • Congressional Digest - available through Academic Search Complete
    Provides a pro/con discussion of key issues through excerpts from government statements and debates
What are scholarly peer-reviewed articles?

Need images for your presentations?

Where to Go for Assistance?
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