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GEO 102 Library Resources

This guide includes library resources and assignments for students enrolled in GEO 102: General Education - Oral Communications

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Finding Evidence

From your GEO class, you know that there are four types of evidence:

Type of Evidence Definition
Examples Concrete relevant instances that personalize concepts
Analogies A comparison to something the audience already understands, along with an explanation of the similarity - "X is like Y because..."
Expert Testimony A quotation from someone who studies the topic and/or has specialized education, training, or knowledge. 
Statistics Numerical data that quantify ideas

And, you know that you can search the library databases to find various types of sources, including newspaper articles, scholarly articles, books, reports, and more. Some of our most popular databases include:

Good speeches are based on evidence from a wide range of sources. And, once you've found a source, you need to know how to locate the specific pieces of evidence within that source in order to use them for your speeches. Follow the instructions below to learn how to do this. 

Watch this video showing you how to identify specific pieces of evidence within a scholarly article. It will also provide an overview of how to know whether or not the source itself is a peer-reviewed article, since you may need to use a specific number of peer-reviewed articles for your speech assignment.