Speech Guide

FINDING THE TEXT FOR VARIOUS SPEECHES

Use the Internet

DOUGLASS:  Archives of American Public Address this archive of over 100 speeches can be browsed by speaker, title, chronology and issues.

Use the Online Catalog

   Type in subject searches using these headings:
                Speeches, Addresses, etc
                Oratory
                Sermons

Use the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (1959 to present)

On table behind career section. Indexes the periodical Vital Speeches of the Day as well as 160 other periodicals.

The following items contain the text of speeches:

Vital Speeches of the Day (1967 to present) - Speeches made by executives, politicians, and other national figures.
 Annual index in November printed issue.          Periodical Section

 Title

 Call Number

 The Penguin book of twentieth-century speeches, 2nd ed.  REF D411 .P46 1999
 Great Speeches by Native Americans  E 98 .O7 G74 2000
 Representative American Speeches, 1999-2000  PS 661 .R48 2001

Use the following index to find citations giving the location of the text of speeches:

Finding the Text for Political Speeches

 Title

 Call Number

 Public Papers of the Presidents (Nixon to Kennedy)  Ref J 80 .A283
 State of the Union Messages of the Presidents 1790-1966, 3 vol.  Ref J81 .C66
 Notable speeches in contemporary presidential campaigns by Robert Friendenberg  REF E 838.3 .F75 2002

For speeches made in Congress:

Congressional Record (1989 to present)
Internet access for 101st - 106th Congress           http://thomas.loc.gov/home/r106query.html

IDENTIFYING QUOTATIONS OR PASSAGES FROM SPEECHES

 Title

 Call Number

 Familiar Quotations (Barlett's) and others in same area  Ref  PN 6081 .B27 1992
 Strong's Concordance of the Bible  Ref  BS 425 .S8

FINDING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

 Tilte

 Call Number

Who Was Who in America - Information about
prominent deceased Americans from 1607-1989. V I-IV
 Ref  E176 .W64
Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1960 -
Information about deceased prominent Britons.
 Ref  DA 28 .D4
Concise Dictionary of National Biography 1961-1970  Ref  DA 28 .D58 1982

FINDING CRITICISM/BACKGROUND MATERIAL

Indexes to Journals in Communication Studies.

Many communication journals are indexed in online databases such as Periodical Abstracts and Academic Abstracts available through the library home page http//www.gc.edu/library/index.htm

Use the Online Catalog

Type in a subject search of Chronology, historical to find books like these below:

 Title

 Call Number

 Chronicle of the Year  Ref  D11 .C47
 Chronicle of the Twentieth Century  Ref  D11 .C47 1987
 Chronicle of the World  Ref  D11 .C56 1996
 American Decades 1900-1999  Ref  E169.12 .A4194

FINDING BRIEF SUMMARIES OF THE BACKGROUND OF HISTORICAL EVENTS

OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION

 Title

 Call Number

 World Almanac and Book of Facts  Ref  AY67 .N5 W7 2004
 Statistical Abstract of the United States (1975 to present)  Ref  HA202 .U6 2002
 Historical Statistics of the United States (Colonial Times to 1970) V I-III  Ref  HA202 .A385

The following are a good source of background on Congressional events and text of some speeches: 

The library has recently added the journal, The Toastmaster, it can be found in the periodicals section.

RECENT BOOKS

 Title

 Call Number

 The Art of Communicating  HF 5718 .D415 1996
 Communication Skills for Business and Professions  HF 5718 .T535 1996
 In Our Own Words:  Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century  PS 661 .I53 1999
 Writing Great Speeches: Professional Techniques You Can Use  PN 4142 .P47 1998

For help finding other sources, please ask at the Reference Desk.

Last Updated April 22, 2010
Updated 4/23/2010 - Content Author lvandewa