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Public Speaking - Oakland Campus

This research guide is for all COMMRC 0520 Public Speaking and related courses

Get Some Background on Your Topic

 

Build a base of knowledge about your topic.  Full-length books provide the most in-depth coverage and perspective over time,  but an encyclopedia entry or book chapter will often provide sufficient background information.

Quotation Sources

He rang'd his ropes, and preach'd up patience; Back'd up his opinions with quotations. -Matthew Prior, "Paulo Purganti and his Wife"

Quotes are widely available on the web, but consider consulting a book (or an online book through the library) to dig up an obscure quote.  The print books have the advantage of having very thorough indexes to help you get the perfect quote.

Statistics

Speechwriters find that statistics are an essential part of winning any argument.  However, 34% of statistics are made up on the spot (source? HA!) Follow the links below to get accurate numbers from authoritative sources.

Historical Events & Media

If you want to relate the occasion that your speech is meant to commemorate to a current or past event, try searching news sources to get an overview of those events.

Primary Sources for Texts of Speeches