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COM 110: Communication as Critical Inquiry

This guide, developed specifically for students enrolled in COM 110 and COM 110.01, provides strategies and content for finding resources, introducing types of information, evaluating sources, and citing in APA.

Introduction to Searching

The videos on this page give you a quick overview on finding credible and relevant sources for your speeches. Specifically, they cover:

  • Introduction to Combined Search: an explanation of the search tool and the types of sources you can find
  • Refining Your Search in Combined Search: provides specific strategies for filtering your search results for a more relevant list of sources
  • Finding and Using Databases: an overview of what databases are, how to find specific databases, and techniques for searching, and ways to save sources.

Searching Options

Refining Your Search developed by Instruction and Student Engagement Department, Milner Library, Illinois State University.
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