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Communication Studies

Use this guide for help with public speaking and debate.

Communication Studies Guide

This Communication Studies Guide was created to help you find resources on speech topics or information to find giving actual speeches.  Click on a tab at the top of this guide to access articles in databases; to find specific periodical titles; to locate print and electronic books; to see a list of credible websites; to access citation tools and tutorials; and to learn how to obtain assistance from a librarian.

Getting Started

When starting to research a topic, it's often best to start with a good search terms.  "Speech" can be a very broad topic.  Try also using "Oratory," "Rhetoric," or "Persuasion" when searching for books or articles in our databases.  Remember the librarians are always ready to help you find a resource for your speeches and projects.

If you are searching for help for a speech about a specific topic, you CAN this link  to find a Research Guide for further information about your topic. 

Reference Works

Subject-specific encyclopedias and reference works are available to assist you in browsing for information on different topics.  For instance, the books displayed below are available in the library's "Gale Virtual Reference Library."  (Click on the link included below to access books in that collection.)  To find additional books on your topic, select the "Books" tab located at the top of this guide.