AGCOMM 31310 Oral Expressions in Agriculture

Step 1 Identify your topic

Your assignment asks you to write an informative speech.  You can't do any research until you figure out your topic.

These sites may help you with ideas:

Inventions Timeline
Ten agricultural inventions that changed the face of farming in America
American Agriculture Timeline
Modern Environmental Movement Timeline
Environmental History Timeline
Forest History Society
This Day in Water History
Animal Rights History
Ocean Exploration Timeline
Environmental Timeline

Step 2  Find the context

Now it is time to get some perspective on your topic.  This is a great time to consult encyclopedias and dictionaries.

Try these:

Credo Reference

Oxford Reference

Funk and Wagnells New World Encyclopedia



Step 3  Find Books

ATI Catalog

OSU Catalog

OhioLink Catalog


Step 4  Find Articles

All Research Databases

Newspapers/Primary Source Material

Ebsco Databases

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Agricola
  • America History and Life
  • Biography Reference Bank
  • Environment Complete
  • GreenFILE
  • MAS Ultra
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • Newspaper Source
  • TOPICsearch

Ebsco Database Assignment


Step 5  Evaluate What You Find

Some tips for critically thinking about your information


Step 6  Cite What You Find

Citation help

Easy Bib