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Preparing Persuasive Speeches

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:

    Library Databases - Finding Supporting Material

    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.
    • Newsday
      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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