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COM 180 Public Speaking & Rhetorical Analysis

Web Resources for Speeches

American Rhetoric: online repository for wide-range of speeches, from politics to movies to sermons.

Vote Smart:  website with speeches from current local and national political candidates and officials.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. HathiTrust database of documents from the Office of the Federal Register, 1965-present.

The Miller Center:  a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history. Their website includes famous speeches from every U.S. president.

Databases with Speeches

Videos of Speeches

The library owns some speeches on video located in Reserve behind the Circulation desk. To search 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

You can also access The Great Speeches e-Video collection online:

More recent speeches can be found online through:

Speeches in the News

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