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Critical Inquiry Program - COM 110 / 110.01

For the COM 110 / 110.01 course, Communication as Critical Inquiry, the library provides a variety of activities and assignments, a student course guide, and instructor resources.

Activities & Assignments

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Activity 1: Finding Relevant Words to Enhance Your Research
This in-class activity helps students develop related words and synonyms for their speech topic and will help them start searching for information. This activity is completed before the Informative Speech.

Activity 2: I have a search results list, so now what?
This in-class activity helps students determine how relevant sources from the search results list are, and whether or not each source merits further consideration. Before the second speech of the semester; typically the group speech.

Activity 3: Critical Reflection Annotated Bibliography
This activity utilizes a series of questions to help students write a critical reflection on three of the sources they are using for their speech. This is not intended to be a traditional annotated bibliography.

Student Resources

Consult the course web guide for additional online help. You will find more information about:

  • How to search
  • Finding sources relevant for your informative, group, and persuasive
  • Finding sources that have multiple viewpoints
  • Tips for citing sources including tweets, Facebook, and web pages.

Need one-on-one help? Set up an appointment for a research consultation.

Instructor Resources

Supplemental content - Instructor Web Guide
This guide provides several videos and other content you can show in class to help students learn and develop their information seeking skills.

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Contact Us

Milner Library
Campus Box 8900
201 North School St.
Normal, Il 61790-8900
Phone: 309.438.3451


Last Updated: 4/28/17