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Speeches Guide

Finding Speeches: On the Web | In Print
Background and Criticism of Speeches | Audience Reaction and Context

Speeches on the Web

This site from the Library of Congress offers both written texts and audio recordings of speeches from the earlier part of the 20th century.

This site offers an online speech bank of more than 5,000 full text, audio, and video versions of public speeches, lectures, debates, speeches in movies, and other recorded media events both serious and for entertainment. Authenticity for many speeches is certified by the site.

A collection of speeches by influential, contemporary women.

Contains the full text of the inaugural addresses of U.S. Presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush, plus a listing of Presidents who were not inaugurated.

Full text of civil rights speeches and essays, focusing primarily on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Web site from the University of Iowa

University of Groningen, Netherlands

This source provides text for all official U.S. Presidential communications, including speeches.

Speeches in Print

Many speeches are on reserve at the Circulation Desk for COMM 26000, Criticism of Public Discourse. Check which speeches are available by using the KentLINK reserve system.

Horn Book Magazine
Available online 1990 - present.

Index to American Women Speakers, 1828-1978
MAIN Reference Desk Collection

Messages and Papers of the Presidents 1789-1915
MAIN J81.B96g

Representative American Speeches

Speech Index: An Index to Collections of World Famous Orations and Speeches for Various Occasions
MAIN Reference Desk Collection AI3.S85

Speeches of the American Presidents
MAIN Reference Collection J81.4 S64 2001

Vital Speeches of the Day
Available online

Voices of Multicultural America: Notable Speeches Delivered by African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans, 1790-1995
MAIN Reference Desk Collection PS663.M55 V64

We Shall be Heard: An Index to Speeches by American Women, 1978 to 1985
MAIN Reference Desk Collection Z1231.O7 M37

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
Available online

Background and Criticism of Speeches

African-American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
MAIN Reference Desk Collection E185.96 A447

American Orators Before 1900: Critical Studies and Sources
MAIN Reference Desk Collection PN4055.U5 A4

American Orators of the Twentieth Century: Critical Studies and Sources
MAIN Reference Desk Collection PN4193.P6 A44

American Voices: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Orators
MAIN Reference Collection PS408 .A47 2005

The ComAbstracts database provides comprehensive coverage and access to the primary professional literature of the field of communication studies.

Communication Abstracts (1977 - Current)
Coverage of the literature of communication studies, including applied, nterpersonal, mass, organizational, and small group communication; journalism; and public relations. Indexes more than 250 journals, including core communication studies titles. Updated bimonthly.

Communication and Mass Media Complete
Contains quality research articles in the areas related to communication studies and mass media. Provides access to bibliographic references, reviews, recent encyclopedias and handbooks and full-text of journal articles. Depending on the journal, coverage may extend back to the first issue of a title.

Voices of Multicultural America: Notable Speeches Delivered by African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans, 1790-1995
MAIN Reference Desk Collection PS663.M55 V64

Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
MAIN Reference Desk Collection HQ1412.W67

Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1925-1993: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
MAIN Reference Desk Collection HQ1412.W68

Audience Reaction and Context

To find audience reaction to a speech or criticism that was written around the time of the speech, use newspaper or magazine articles that were written at the time.

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America's Newspapers
Full text of 5 Ohio newspapers: The Blade (Toledo), 1996 - present; Cincinnati Post, 1990- 2007; Columbus Dispatch, 1985 - present; Dayton Daily News, 1990 - present; Plain Dealer (Cleveland), 1991 - present. Also includes 27 popular and news magazines.

America: History and Life (1960 - Current)
Provides a complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

American Periodicals Series Online (1741 - 1900)
American Periodicals Series Online contains page images of more than 1,100 historic American magazines, journals, and newspapers. These resources illuminate the development of American culture, politics, and society across some 150 years. Articles can be searched by author, source, and words in the complete text. Updated quarterly.

Facts On File and Facts On File Yearbook (1941 - Current)
MAIN Reference Collection and in Circulating Collection.

HarpWeek (1857 - 1871)
Full-text archive of Harper's Weekly, a national publication during the American Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Contains illustrations, articles, advertisements, and editorials. Search by date, keyword, literature genre, and individuals' standing in society or occupation.

Keesing's Contemporary Archives: A Record of World Events (1969 - 1986)
MAIN D410.K4

Keesing's Record of World Events (1987 - Current)
D410.K4, in MAIN Reference Collection and Circulating Collection.

LexisNexis Academic
Contains the full-text of newspapers for the past 20 years, federal and state case law and legislative materials, law reviews, company news and financial information, medical and health information, general information sources and much more. Updates and coverage vary by section.

New York Times (microfilm) (1851 - Current)
Full text of articles on microfilm, located on the second floor of the Main Library. Current weeks are available in paper in the Periodicals section on the second floor.

New York Times - Historical (1851 - 2006)
Search for New York Times articles published from 1851 up to two years ago. Includes the complete paper with full-page and article images in PDF format. NOTE: if you are looking for current New York Times content, please consult either LexisNexis Academic or the New York Times online.

New York Times Index (1851 - Current)

Newspaper Source
Provides selected full text for over 180 regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, newspaper columns and other sources as well as indexing and abstracts for national newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, FOX News, NPR, etc. This database is updated daily.
List of journals included.

Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (1900 - Current)
MAIN Reference AI3.R48. Use to find citations to magazine articles, then check KentLINK to see if KSU has the magazine.