Last Updated: Apr 8, 2015
In a persuasive speech, a speaker
- Takes a position on an issue
- Uses arguments to convince an audience
- Understands the audience
- Knows the various viewpoints on an issue
- Presents information and facts in support of the argument
- Anticipates objections to the argument.
Remember, your persuasive point must be debatable. You want to change people's minds and/or motivate them to act. Here's an outline to help you organize your ideas:
When you use the following databases, look out for categories such as overview and chronology (good for background information) OR viewpoints and pro/con (good for making arguments).
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
Encyclopedia articles that will provide you with an overview of your topic. Essays range from brief to lengthy and are particularly helpful for informative presentations.
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Database provides viewpoint essays that argue different sides of an issue as well as links to statistical, primary and periodical sources.
- CQ Researcher
Informative, in-depth articles on popular topics that include overviews, a pro/con section, statistics, chronologies, and more. Useful for both informative and persuasive presentations.
- SIRS Knowledge Source
Viewpoints on a wide variety of current social issues, as well as overviews, statistics and links to articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers.
Full-text Newsday articles from 1985-to present.
- Databases by Subject
Click here to connect to library databases arranged by subject.
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