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Speech - COMM101 - Bosa

Choosing where to search

Information Spectrum

The information spectrum is a graph that represents how widely available a source is and how academic it is. It can help you determine which type of source might meet your information needs.

For example, you may want to open your speech with a unique fact that would get your audience's attention. You should choose a type of source that is less widely available, since that reduces the possibility that your audience is familiar with the content.

During the speech, you may need to provide hard data to back up an argument. A more academic source should contain that type of content.

Where would you place each of these sources on the spectrum?

  • Academic book
  • Government website
  • Newspaper article
  • Personal blog
  • Personal interview (that you conducted yourself)
  • Scholarly article

Information spectrum

Adapted from Tessa Withorn's The Information Spectrum Lesson Plan: 

Withorn, Tessa. "The Information Spectrum." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2018.

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