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Speech Assignment Research Guide: Start Here

A guide to finding sources for your speech.

Types of Speeches

An informative speech gives us unbiased, factual information on a topic, person, event, or concept. The goal is to educate the audience without an opinion, judgment, or intent to change the audience's attitude. The informative speech should enlighten listeners on a subject that is non-controversial. Types of informative speeches include:
  • Demonstrating to an audience how to do something such as changing a tire, or downloading a file.
  • Describing a particular activity, object, person, or place. Examples would be a piece of artwork, the Great Wall of China, or the basic rules of a sport.
  • Concept speeches which focus on a belief, idea, or theory. Topics such as Christianity, the Big Bang Theory, or non-violent protesting would be appropriate.
A persuasive speech proposes to change your beliefs or actions on a particular issue. The presenter takes a side and gives his/her opinion on why something is good/bad, right/wrong, moral/immoral, or justified/unjustified. The topics tend to be debatable and the speech itself should have a convincing tone. While the objective is to sway your audience, it is important to have factual evidence to support your point of view. Common examples of persuasive public speaking include:
  • A politician running for office or re-election
  • A lawyer or prosecutor trying to convince a jury
  • The benefits of physical activity
  • The importance of getting a college education

The goal of an argumentative speech is to present both sides of an issue and get the audience to accept his/her point of view supported by credible evidence and valid reasoning. In essence, it is similar to a debate. It offers several claims for one side while acknowledging that there are valid counterclaims from the opposition. It is important to maintain fairness and an unbiased approach while explore multiple sides of the argument.

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5 Ways to Print: Library Computer, PrintMe Mobile App, Cloud, USB, and Email 

Printing from a Library Computer

  • Select the file for print. Click File then Print.
  • Select EFI PrintMe as the printer.
  • Click Print.
  • Enter email when prompted.
  • Write down the code number or check your email and open the email from printme.com.
  • Head over to the Self-Serve Station.
  • Touch Print.
  • Insert and remove your credit or debit card. Touch Next.
  • Use the on-screen keyboard to enter the file's code, or scan the barcode in the printme.com email. Touch Enter.
  • After your file is downloaded, the first page of the file is shown in preview. You can move forward through pages and zoom. Check that the job is correct. Then touch Next.
  • Set your print options, including number of copies, page range, and color selection. (Warning: CHECK BLACK AND WHITE setting! Don't print in color by accident!). Touch Next.
  • Review  the cost of the print job. Touch Print to accept and begin printing.
  • Touch Done when you are finished.

   Printing from PrintMe mobile app:

Download the “EFI PrintMe” app from the “Apple App store” or “GooglePlay”. Use the app to pick a file on your phone and send it to print. Follow the directions for Printing from a Library Computer to print it.

  Printing from a Cloud service

  • Touch Print.
  • Touch the cloud account type.
  • Insert or swipe the payment card.
  • Use the on screen keyboard to enter your email and password for log in.
  • Browse and select the file to print.
  • Touch Next.
  • The first page of the file is shown in preview. You can move forward through pages and zoom. Touch Next.
  • Choose print options, including number of copies, page range, and color options (if color MFP). Touch Next.
  • Review the cost of the print job. Touch Print to accept and begin printing.
  • Touch Done when you are finished. The Self-Serve station supports downloading and printing files from accounts with Microsoft OneDrive, Google DriveTM, and Dropbox. The Self-Serve station provides an interface to allow users to log into their account, select the file to download, and then print the file.

Printing from USB:

NOTE – Cannot print Excel documents from USB drive

  • Touch Print on Self-Serve Station.
  • Touch USB.
  • Insert the credit card.
  • Plug the USB key into the Self-Serve station
  • Browse the files and folders on the key and select the file to print.
  • Touch Next.
  • The first page of the file is shown in preview. You can move forward through pages and zoom. Touch Next.
  • Choose print options, including number of copies, page range, and color options (if color MFP). Touch Next.
  • Review the cost of the print job. Touch Print to accept and begin printing.
  • Touch Done when you are finished

  Printing from email

Email your file to print@printme.com. You will receive an emailed reply with a unique Document ID (numbers are saved for 24 hours only) and a bar code you can scan at the printer.

  • Touch Print.
  • Touch PrintMe
  • Insert the credit card -- Instructions are displayed describing how to upload files, including the email address for PrintMe.
  • Once you have received the Document ID, touch Next.
  • Use the on screen keyboard to enter the file’s Document ID or scan the bar code and touch Enter.
  • After download, the first page of the file is shown in preview. You can move forward through pages and zoom. Touch Next.
  • Choose print options, including number of copies, page range, and color options (if color MFP). Touch Next.
  • Review the cost of the print job. Touch Print to accept and begin printing.
  • Touch Done when you are finished.

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