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What is a scholarly article?

A scholarly article, sometimes referred to as a peer-reviewed article, is one that's been written by a scholar in the field. Its intended audience is other scholars in the area and it is intended to share research about a topic. When it is peer-reviewed, other scholars and experts in the field review the article and make recommendations before it is published.

Developing your topic

Identifying Quality Information

Background Information & Getting Started

Encyclopedias can be a great place to start this research. Use these resources to get topic ideas or for background information.

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Persuasive Speech Resources

Step 1: Get attention

Whether through humor, a shocking statistic or a story, grab the audience's attention. 

Step 2: Develop a sense of urgency

Make a statement, communicate a need, and provide further evidence. 

Step 3: Satisfy the Need/Want

Come right out and say what you're advocating for. How does this action address the problem stated in step 2? Use external evidence to support your proposal. Address counter arguments. 

Step 4: Visualize the Results

Paint a picture of how much better life could be for the audience if they agree with your argument. 

Step 5: Call to Action

Tell the audience how to address the issue - encourage a buyer to make a purchase, a voter to call their senator, etc. 

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The Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC), located on the 2nd floor of Dunbar Library, can help you create multimedia projects.

Need to practice a presentation? Reserve Room 216 or 342 in Dunbar Library. It is similar in setup and technology to many classrooms on campus.