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Recommended General Databases
Use these databases as a starting point for speech research. Their holdings are broad. Academic Search Ultimate is particularly helpful when you are just starting off with a topic.
Academic Search Ultimate (previously Complete)
Full-text access to thousands of popular and scholarly sources. A "goto" database for any subject.
JSTOR Journal Archive
A full-text archive of over 1,000 of the best scholarly journals in the social sciences, humanities, mathematics, life sciences, etc. Full-text is available from the first issue, but does not include the most recent 2-5 years.
Recommended Resources for Persuasive Speech
Use "CQ Researcher" & "Points of View" to find research about traditionally controversial topics.
Newspapers may be best for more recent controversial topics.
Get in-depth, non-biased reports on today's important issues. Each lengthy report covers a single topic, and includes a bibliography.
Points of View
Contains materials from all viewpoints, including more than 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the political aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books.
Access the full-text for more than 400 newspapers and other sources. Includes: USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Times (London); plus transcripts from CNN, National Public Radio, CBS News, Fox News, CNBC, etc.
U.S. Major Daily Newspapers
US Major Daily Newspapers provides indexing to and the full text of the following nationally oriented newspapers:
Chicago Tribune ( Full Text: 1996 - Present; Citations/Abstracts: 1989 - Present )
Los Angeles Times ( 1985 - Present )
New York Times ( 1980 - Present )
Wall Street Journal ( 1984 - Present )
Washington Post ( 1987 - Present )
eBooks You May Find Useful
All eBooks listed below are freely available electronically through the librray.
Own Any Occasion by
Publication Date: 2017-10-07
Great speaking does not come easy. But even the wallflowers among us can't avoid speaking forever. In Own Any Occasion, speaker and educator Erik Palmer taps into his vast experience to simplify the process of extraordinary speaking, whether you're giving a wedding toast or preparing for a one-on-one sales call. His approach is equal parts preparation and delivery: Never speak unless you have something worth saying, and never let a poor performance diminish a good message. In 11 steps, Palmer shows readers how to craft the perfect message and captivate audiences with exceptional delivery, no matter the circumstance.
Understanding Public Speaking by
Publication Date: 2019-05-08
Public speaking is a much coveted yet difficult art. This book illustrates the use of various linguistic devices and persuasive strategies with examples from the speeches of powerful orators in history. It systematically draws on the various approaches to public speaking and persuasive discourse to present new insights and techniques. The volume: Critically examines strategies of persuasive oratory. Draws on extensive investigation of a corpus of famous public speeches in history. Focuses on the needs of those who want to brush up their public speaking skills.
Policy Debate by
Publication Date: 2016-12-06
"Policy Debate" introduces educators, coaches, and students at the high school and college levels to the concepts at the foundation of policy debate, also known as cross-examination debate, and uses conceptual analysis and real-world examples to help students engage in competitive debates and deploy winning strategies. The book addresses all aspects of policy debate, including stock issues, judging paradigms and effective engagement with judges, the responsibilities of both affirmative and negative teams, and the evaluation of policy proposals through the use of disadvantages, counterplans, and critical argumentation. In addition, Better establish credibility, improve cross-examination skills, and understand the specialized notetaking method called flowing.
Getting Citations & References Right
Use these websites for in-text citations and reference lists.
APA has updated to the 7th edition & many websites still provide examples in 6th edition style. Check with your professor about citation requirements.
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