Service Speaking

Articles and Newspapers provide current awareness and research that support your message.  Use them to explore background issues as well as specific programs.

Academic Search

Articles across all subjects.  Contains both scholarly research and general magazines.  Good starting point any time you need journal articles.


Articles across all subjects.  100% full-text.


Most comprehensive collection of newspapers and magazines.  Search thousands of news sources at once.  Includes regional, U.S., and international newspapers and magazines.

Abilene Reporter-News

Good source for local information specific to Abilene and surrounding areas.  Free registration. 

Government Agencies and Organizations are gateways to a wealth of data and reports.  Use these search engines to find authoritative reports online and to identify the primary agencies that publish on your topic.


The U.S. government's official web portal.
Searches federal and state pages (can also limit to a specific state).
Includes topical guide and a directory of federal, state, and international government agencies.

Google UncleSam

Convenient ranking of links within home pages.
Caches pages to eliminate bad links.

Statistics and Community Profiles support your subject with facts and tie issues to a specific geographic area, thereby helping to establish need and relevancy. 

FedStats Search

Finds statistics in research and surveys conducted from the government

American Factfinder

Doorway to U.S. Census data.  Good for demographics describing the nation, state, or a local city. See Fact Sheets for quick reference, but find more details under Data Sets, Summary file 3. 

Charity ratings indicate how the organization uses donations.  Favorable ratings can promote trust and credibility.

American Institute of Philanthropy
Check for "open book" symbol in Charity listing  for organization's willingness to share their records.
Better Business Bureau
See Charity Reports  for organization ratings.
Charity Navigator
Ratings based on efficiency and financial soundness. Use search or browse feature.

Thanks to a donation from an alumnus, the Special Collections at ACU's Center for Restoration Studies now houses two Ethiopian religious texts dating back to the turn of the 19th century.

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