Ohio State ATI

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Wooster, Ohio

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:

Ten agricultural inventions that changed the face of farming in America http://www.farmcollector.com/equipment/ten-agricultural-inventions-in-farming-history.aspx#axzz2ec7j1d00
American Agriculture Timeline http://www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/index.htm
Modern Environmental Movement Timeline http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/timeline/earthdays/
Environmental History Timeline http://www.environmentalhistory.org/
Forest History Society http://www.foresthistory.org/index.html
This Day in Water History http://thisdayinwaterhistory.wordpress.com/
Ocean Exploration Timeline http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/media/ocean-exploration-timeline/?ar_a=1

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   http://library.ohio-state.edu/record=e1001368~S10

Oxford Reference  http://library.ohio-state.edu/record=e1000297~S7

Funk and Wagnells New World Encyclopedia   http://library.ohio-state.edu/record=e1000187~S7

Wikipedia  http://www.wikipedia.org/


Step 3  Find Books

ATI Catalog  http://library.ohio-state.edu/search~S10/

OSU Catalog  http://library.ohio-state.edu/

OhioLink Catalog  http://olc1.ohiolink.edu/search


Step 4  Find Articles

All Research Databases  http://library.ohio-state.edu/screens/databases.html

Newspapers/Primary Source Material   http://library.ohio-state.edu/search/m?SEARCH=Newspapers

Ebsco Databases http://library.ohio-state.edu/record=e1000149~S10

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




Step 5  Evaluate What You Find

Some tips for critically thinking about your information  http://ati.osu.edu/node/949


Step 6  Cite What You Find

Citation help  http://ati.osu.edu/node/939/citation-help

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