If you're having a hard time brainstorming new inventions and discoveries, dig into a couple of "best of" articles to spark your interest.
Still getting a handle on the problem you want to address in your speech? Need some background information before you even dig into your research? Reference sources are great for gathering an overview and brainstorming keywords worth searching. They also may offer references you want to seek out and read more fully.
WARNING: While these sources are great for pre-research and locating relevant research to trace back to the source, these sources are not meant to be cited in their entirety in your academic work. Sort of like how Wikipedia is an amazing tool for gathering information and locating sources, but does not appear in your academic work.
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