Supporting Your Ideas: Objectives and Outline

Chapter 7: Supporting Your Ideas

By Sarah Stone Watt, Ph.D.

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA



After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Combine multiple forms of evidence to support your ideas.
  • Differentiate between the three types of testimony, and know when to use each one.
  • Navigate the library holdings and distinguish between the types of information found in each section.
  • Evaluate source credibility and appropriateness for your speech.
  • Explain plagiarism and implement strategies to avoid it.
  • Apply chapter concepts in review questions and activities.

Chapter Outline

  • Introduction
  • Personal and Professional Knowledge

    • Personal Testimony
    • Interviews

  • Library Resources

    • Books
    • Periodicals
    • Full Text Databases

  • Internet Resources

    • Search Engines
    • Defining Search Terms
    • Websites
    • Government Documents

  • Evaluating Information
  • Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

    • Style Sheets
    • Plagiarism

  • Conclusion
  • Module Activities
  • Glossary
  • References

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