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COMS 1030: Public Speaking

Use this site to help you choose your research topic and find information to back up your claims in your speeches.

Find statistics or data with Statista

Where can I get data about my topic? 

  1. There are many different places to find data about your topic, but I suggest starting with Statista, a website which compiles data that is available from across the web. 
  2. On the Statista website, search for your topic. You should see a chart of the data and a description of where it comes from below the chart.
  3. Statista IS NOT the source of the data. You should cite the source listed on the page. 
    • Example: this data on public opinion in regards to gun safety and ownership comes from the Pew Research Center, so they should be cited as the source of the data. Check out the example citation below. 
  4. I've also listed a variety of topic-specific websites below that you can use to find data. 

Example APA Citation:

Pew Research Center. (2012). What do you think is more imporant - proteching the right of Americans to own guns, or controlling gun ownership (United States, July 2012). Retrieved from

You could also use the link to the original article on the Pew Research Center site and cite that instead. Here is an APA citation for the page from which Statista drew the data for the ciation listed above:

Pew Research Center. (2012). Views on gun laws unchanged after Aurora shooting. Retrieved from

Other Data Sources

Subjects: Communication