ERIC Number: ED314803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-19
Reference Count: N/A
Public Speaking and Library Research: A Textbook's Responsibilities.
Sullivan, Laura A.
A close examination of nine popular speech textbooks was conducted to determine how adequately and accurately they covered researching in the library and its importance in the speechmaking process for the student. Results indicated that the texts did not emphasize critical thinking skills; they also contained an inappropriate emphasis on online database searching as a source for research information, and information errors about the library. Public speaking texts which present library research information should (1) stress critical thinking skills; (2) emphasize evaluation of information for all kinds of speeches and explain more fully how a student evaluates information; and (3) provide accurate information about library research. Textbook authors can better meet their responsibilities to students if they take a general approach to library research discussion and ask a reference librarian to help with the writing of the library section. (Thirteen references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (75th, San Francisco, CA, November 18-21, 1989).