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Communication Research: Speeches

This guide will introduce communication resources available to Pepperdine University students.

Databases with Speeches

Web Resources for Speeches

American Rhetoric Online

Selected Pepperdine Speeches

Project Vote Smart
Provides political speeches.

Google Gov. Docs Search: Political Speeches
Type in Speeches and then the keywords.
Example: Speeches AND Obama


Print Resources

Search the online catalog to find speeches given by a specific person.  Try Kennedy and speeches or Reagan and speeches, for instance.

Baird, Albert Craig, ed.  American Public Addresses, 1740-1952.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1956.
            Payson Reference PS662 .B27

Baird, Albert Craig, ed.  Representative American Speeches.  New York:  H.W. Wilson, 1937-, published annually.  
            Payson Reference PS668 .B3

Graham, John, ed.  Great American Speeches, 1898-1963; texts and studies.  New York:  Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1970.
            Payson Reserves PS661 .G7

Mitchell, Charity.  Speech Index: An index to collections of world famous orations and speeches for various occasions, 4th ed.   1966-1980.  Metuchen,NJ:
            Payson Reference PS662 .S62 1982

Podell, Janet, ed.  Speeches of the American Presidents.  Bronx,NY:  H.W. Wilson, 2001.  Contains the full text of selected presidential speeches.
            Payson Ready Reference PN4055 .U53 P646 2001

Reid, Ronald F.  Three Centuries of American Rhetorical Discourse: an Anthology and a Review.  Prospect Heights,IL:  Waveland Press, 1988.
            Payson Reserves PS662 .T56 1988

Rohler, Lloyd Earl and Roger Cook, eds.  Great Speeches for Criticism and Analysis. 4th ed.  Greenwood,IN: Alistair Press, 2001.
            Payson Ready Reference PN6122 .G74 2001

Ryan, Halford Ross.  American Rhetoric from Roosevelt to Reagan: A Collection of Speeches and Critical Essays.  2nd ed.  Prospect Heights,IL:  Waveland Press, 1983.
            Payson Reserves PS668 .A43 1987

Ryan, Halford Ross.  Contemporary American Public Discourse:  A Collection of Speeches and Critical Essays.  Prospect Heights,IL:  Waveland Press, 1992.
            Payson Reference PS668 .C58 1992           

Straub, Deborah Gillan, ed.  Voices of Multicultural America:  Notable speeches delivered by African, Asian, Hispanic and Native Americans, 1790-1995, New York: Gale Research, 1996.  
            Payson Reference PS663 .M55 V64 1996

Suriano, Gregory, ed.  Great American Speeches.  New York:  Gramercy Books,  1993.
            Payson Reference PS662 .G68 1993

Sutton, Roberta Briggs.  Speech Index: An index to 259 collections of world famous orations and speeches for various occasions.  New York:  Scarecrow Press, 1966.
            Payson Reference PS662 .S6 1966

        Great Speeches in History Series.  San Diego:  Greenhaven Press, 2002-03.

            Armstrong, Ryn, ed.  The Vietnam War.  (Payson Reference PS663 .V5 V53)

            Coddon, Karin, ed.  The Civil War.  (Payson Reference PS663 .C54 C4)

            Coddon, Karin, ed.  Slavery.  (Payson Reference PS663 .S5 S52)

            Gerdes, Louise I., ed. The Cold War. (Payson Reference PS663 .C57 C64)

            Hitt, Laura.  Human Rights. (Payson Reference PS663 .H8 H85 2002)

            Hurley, Jennifer A, ed.  Women's Rights.  (Payson Reference PS663 .W6 W65)

            Karson, Jill, ed.  Civil Rights.  (Payson Reference PS663 .C5 C58)

            McConnell, William S., ed.  The 1960's.  (Payson Reference PS663 .N5 N56)

        Vital Speeches of the Day.  New York: City News.  A bi-weekly journal.
            Payson Periodicals---1934-present
            Research Library database---1995-present
            Business Source Premier---1934-present 

        Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. Washington,DC: Office of the Federal Register, 1965-present.  
            Payson Periodicals, 1965-2000
            Online via the library catalog, 1993-present
            Research Library database, 1992-present

Videos of Speeches

The library owns some speeches on video. These are located in the library behind the Circulation desk.  To locate these videos use the Library Catalog 

        Example: I need a video of Martin Luther King giving his "I Have a Dream" speech.

        -    Go to the Library Catalog
        -    Select Local Catalog
        -    Select Guided Keyword
        -    Type I have a dream on the first line
        -    Select "as a phrase' from the pull-down menu
        -    Type video on the second line
            (a ? is the truncation symbol for the library catalog. In this case, it allows you to
            search for words like video, videocassette, videotape, etc.)
        -    Click on the search button

See also:
Great Speeches. Greenwood,IN: Educational Video Group, 2001.

Several more recent speeches can be found online through: