COMS 151: Public Speaking Library Resources: Find Articles

Learn how to effectively search library databases for articles in journals, magazines and newspapers in 3 or 4 easy steps:

Step 1: Create a Search Strategy:

Step 2: Search a Library Database:

Start here:

Gale Power Search

Locate articles in magazines, academic and scholarly/peer-reviewed journals, and news sources. Also includes reference books, Web sites, and multimedia resources.  "Viewpoint essays" on controversial issues (pro/con arguments), which are good for persuasive speeches, are also included in the "books" results. Watch this video to learn how to use Gale Power Search.

For newspaper articles, try this:

ProQuest Newspapers

Full text for 500+ U.S. and international news sources. Includes coverage of 150+ major U.S. newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires. Click the More Search Options link from the main search screen to reveal choices for limiting by Document Type, such as editorial, speech, and review. Need more news sources? Watch this video: Finding Newspapers

For more resources, try this:


Search across most of the Library’s 200+ article databases and the Library catalog (books, media, government information). Watch the video or read the FAQ to learn more about OneSearch.

Step 3: Locate Articles

If the database does not provide full text for the article you found, click the Find Text link or button Find Text button to see a menu of choices for locating the full text in another library database, in hardcopy through the library catalog, or obtain a PDF from another library through Inter Library Loan.

Step 4: Still can't find articles on your topic? Ask a Librarian for help!