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COM 231: Birthday Speech Research

Use these resources to find articles published on or near your birthday.

What is in this guide?

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Use the resources listed in this guide to begin your research. Make sure that you pay attention to the search tips and examples featured on each page. They will help make your research more successful. If you are having trouble finding sources for your assignment, ask a librarian for help.

Search for Articles

Summon Search

Advanced Search Options  |  Summon Help

Find articles that mention a specific date:

  1. In the Summon Search box, type your birthdate surrounded by quote marks:  “November 10, 1985”
  2. Click Search.
  3. Choose Newspaper Article and/or Magazines.
  4. The articles may have been published on that date, or include that date somewhere in the text of the article.


Find articles published on or near a specific date:

  1. Click Advanced Search Options.
  2. Under Publication date, enter your birthdate in the following format: mm/dd/yyyy
  3. Under Content type, click to choose Newspaper article and Magazine article.
  4. Under Limit to, click beside Items with full text online.
  5. Click the Search button.

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