If the article you have found in a database doesn't have the full-text right there, click on the button to see if the article is available in full-text in another database. If we do have it, it will take you to a page that shows you where it's available (if you see a Download Article link, you can click to access the electronic copy).
Articles are helpful for researching speeches, but keep in mind most articles (particularly academic articles) are not designed to give an overview of a topic. Most articles examine a particular aspect of a topic or issue, such as the effect reduced manufacturing in Asia and its impact on global warming, versus the topic of global warming in general. For short overviews on a topic, try using encyclopedias and dictionaries, both online and in print. PSU Library has a variety of specialized encyclopedias, from music to gun control in print or online.
Need peer-reviewed articles but not sure what they are? Find out via the library's video guide to peer-reviewed journal articles!
Finding Articles for a Persuasive Speech
When searching for articles to support a persuasive speech, try adding the keywords
to your search (e.g., "Obama" and "opinion").
Finding Articles in Portland State WorldCat
You may have tried locating articles from the search box on the library home page. The resource you are searching is Portland State WorldCat catalog, a "next-generation catalog, and includes books, selected articles, and other items from Portland State, libraries in the Pacific Northwest (Summit system) and worldwide". For help in locating articles in PSU WorldCat, visit the PSU WorldCat search help page.
Citing Your Articles in a Bibliography
Please review the section "Citing Sources" tab for more information about building a bibliography on your topic.
If you have the citation for a specific article, here is how you can figure out if PSU has the article and (if we do) get to it in full-text:
If we don't have a journal article you need for your research in our collection, we can get it for you! Just request it through Interlibrary Loan. Please note: it can take up to a week or more to secure an article from another library.