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Speech Resources

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Speech Resources

SPD 100/Instructor: Dr. Cynthia De Riemer


Scope  ll  Finding Books  ll  Finding Articles  ll  Citing Sources  ll  Web Sites

Online Search Techniques ll  LibraryDatabases ll  Off-campus Access  ll  Need More Help?


This guide presents a compilation of resources on public speaking, speech writing, and  noteworthy speeches, both historic and contemporary.

Finding Books:

To look for books available at JSRCC Libraries, you can search the VCCSLinc Library catalog


Sample Subject Key Words to Search in Catalog: public speaking, speechesoratory 

Browse books by Call Number:   PN4129 PN6122


Selected Books available at JSRCC:

Finding Articles:


You can find authoritative articles on public speaking and speeches through the library databases. You will also find articles on the subject of your speech. If you plan to use the databases from off-campus, you will need to login with Off Campus Access."My JSRCC" login.   For more information see: library databases.


Finding subjects and topic overviews for speeches, using the sample subject, "Global Warming":


CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues.  Each report is written by a seasoned journalist based on a common structure. Users may browse through articles by topics in alphabetical order, or search for articles using words, dates, or other criteria.

URL:  http://library.vccs.edu/license-bin/linker.plx?cqpress


CQ Researcher search tips:


Type global warming in Quick Search box.  You will retrieve a list of related reports on global warming.

Issues & Controversies

Presents and enhances the full backfile of Issues and Controversies On File. Provides balanced coverage of over 600 controversial topics in the news. 

URL: http://library.vccs.edu/license-bin/linker.plx?fofissues


Issues & Controversies search tips:

  • Click on "Access All Topics" from "Quick Access." Then choose Global Warming from the A-Z list.  You will get a balanced analysis and sidebars including key events, statistics, related articles and overviews. 


Finding Viewpoints and Debates on Global Warming:


Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Provides a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to web sites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

URL:  http://library.vccs.edu/license-bin/linker.plx?galeovrc


Opposing Viewpoint Resource Center search tips:

  • Choose "Global Warming" from the "Popular Topics" list.  You will find viewpoints, reference overviews, magazine, and journal articles, news, primary documents, statistics from Gallup, and NPR podcasts and transcripts


Finding more articles on the sample speech topic, "Global Warming":


Academic OneFile

Provides millions of full text articles from over 5000 magazines and journals.  An excellent database for you to develop sophisticated search strategies to find articles on your specific research topic, for example: "Are human activities responsible for global warming?" or "Have carbon dioxide emissions caused the global warming?"

URL:  http://library.cc.va.us/license-bin/linker.plx?galeaone


Academic OneFile search tips:

  • Try a Subject Guide Search and use the subject, global warming.  Click on the Subdivisions link next to review the terms that fall under Global Warming to find articles that may interest you.

  • Or try a Basic Search using Boolean operators and truncation.  See example below:

(global warming OR climate change) AND human activit*


For more information about online search strategies, check:


If you have the citation of an article, how to obtain the full text?


For more information, check http://teach.jsr.vccs.edu/library/researchguide/stepthree.htm#ILLarticle. 

Selected Web Sites for Public Speaking Topics and Speeches:


Citing Sources:

To learn how to compile your Works Cited list in MLA, please check: 


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