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Advanced Public Speaking

Welcome to the research guide for your advanced course in public speaking.

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Where to find great speeches on the Internet

  • American Rhetoric is possibly the best speech bank on the web. This database contains over 5000 full-text, audio and visual versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews and other media events.

  • The History Place - Great Speeches is an easy-to-navigate site that can link you quickly to great speeches.

  • Wikipedia's List of Great Speeches is another easy-to-navigate site linking you to more great speeches.

Speeches in the on-campus collection

  • Great Speeches - Each DVD containes at least 5 of the most significant speeches of the last century. Link provides access to online catalog that describes each DVD in more detail.

Where to find great information on controversial issues

  • Congressional Digest Debates provides access to a variety of scholarly sources that provide both sides to a number of controversial issues.

  • Brookings Institute provides access to scholarly position papers on a variety of subjects, usually from a more liberal perspective.

  • Heritage Foundation provides access to scholarly position papers on a variety of subjects, usually from a more conesrvative perspective. 

Rhetoric resources available online

  • Aristotle's rhetoric- This online version of Aristotle's Rhetoric is based on the translation by the noted classical scholar, W. Rhys Roberts. 

  • Forest of rhetoric is a guide to the terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric. Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest (the big picture) of rhetoric because of the trees (the hundreds of Greek and Latin terms naming figures of speech, etc.) within rhetoric.

  • International Society for the History of Rhetoric

  • Perseus Rhetorical Collection created by Tufts University holds a plethora of speech texts. Although primarily focused on the study of ancient Greece and Rome, their collection also contains Renaissance and 19th and 20th century speeches. 

Primary texts online

  • Archive.org is a key resource for primary source documents.

  • MIT International Classics Archive provides access to 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors focusing primarily on Greco-Roman works with some Chinese and Persian, all in English translation.

  • UPenn Online provides access to a variety of online classics.

  • Cicero Online provides access to a variety resources on Cicero, including writings, background, and biography.

Additional suggested Internet resources

Created: Dr. James Tallmon/Thornhill, 2011.  Updated: Tallmon/Thornhill, 2012, 2013. Reviewed: Thornhill, 2014, 2015, 2016.

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