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Presidential Speeches are always found with the Presidential Papers in Government
Documents but also often are reprinted full-text in the New York Times. Search a database
such as Proquest with "Bill Clinton" AND Speech AND Text and you will find
many of his speeches. We now have the NY Times full-text back to 1857 in Proquest Historical Newspapers.
Other speeches may be found in conference proceedings, on organizational web sites
or now on personal web pages for the presenter. The more you know about the context
of the speech the easier it is to locate.
The interdisciplinary nature of Communication requires researchers to use a variety of databases. Below are the databases we find that students studying Rhetoric use most frequently, but there are many other possibilities depending on your topic. If you are unsure about what database to use, PLEASE....Ask a Librarian.
America: History and Life provides abstracts and citations from reviews and dissertations about the history and culture of the United States and Canada from the earliest recorded times to the present. See Historical Abstracts for world history.
Historical Abstracts provides indexing and abstracts for journal articles, books, and dissertations covering the history of the world from 1450-- except the U.S. and Canada. For similar coverage of the U.S. and Canada, use America History and Life.
A good multi-subject database that include journals as well as popular news sources.
Books on Rhetoric and Public Speaking Research
To find books in our library, use the Online Catalog.
Call numbers for Rhetoric and Public Speaking resources are in various places
including P301s, PN170 - 190 and elsewhere. These are on the 5th floor of the Reynolds wing.
Public Speaking books are in the PN4100s. Some books on rhetoric may be shelved with other
disciplines. Books on womens' rhetoric, for example, may be with the Womens' Studies books, etc.