As you research your topic, you'll find information related to your points and ideas. These supporting materials form the substance of your speech. They bring your ideas to life, demonstrate the weight and seriousness of your topic, and help you build credibility. Supporting materials may appeal to your audience's emotions, logic, and cultural beliefs.
American Journalism Review
Browse and search U.S. news sources, including
newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and television networks.
Center for Digital Storytelling
Founded in the late 1990s, the Center for Digital Storytelling helps
“people of all ages in using the tools of digital media to craft,
record, share, and value the stories of individuals and communities,
in ways that improve all our lives.” The site explains how to become
involved in digital storytelling and how the internet
helps individuals and communities create collective
memories and identities.
The entry point for finding statistics compiled by
U.S. federal government agencies. Search for statistics
by topic, subject area, federal agency, and state.
The Poynter Online—Media Credibility Bibliography
An extensive bibliography on media credibility studies
compiled by a leading institution concerned with
professional media performance.
Formerly Firstgov.gov, this is the U.S. federal government's official web portal.
The site provides a wide variety of supporting materials on
U.S.-related topics, such as the arts, the environment,
public safety, transportation, health, and technology,
just to name a few.
University of Pennsylvania Commencement 2004 Webcast Archive
View Bono's commencement speech; begins at
1 hour 56 minutes in the webcast archive.
Web Credibility Project
The members of this Stanford University research team
are gathering data to find out why individuals believe
(or don't believe) information on the web.