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Finding Speeches in Books
Search in the EIU Online Catalog:

To find the text of speeches,
try these subject headings:
• Speeches, addresses
• Oratory
To find general information on speeches, try these subject headings:
• Rhetoric
• Public speaking
To find a speech by a famous speaker, enter the person's name and the word speeches:
• Abraham Lincoln speeches
• Frederick Douglass speeches
To find books about a speaker’s style, use the heading “oratory” :
• Abraham Lincoln oratory
Finding Speeches in Journals
Academic Search Complete is a good resource for finding contemporary speeches.
  • Type "vital speeches" in the first box and select SO Source as the field tag.
  • Type in a subject or leave the other fields blank.  For this example, I entered the word peace and selected SU Subject Terms.
Speech Anthologies
Abraham Lincoln, Speeches and Writings E 457.92 1989
American Women Speak HQ 1391 .U5 A441995
Columbian Orator PN 4200 .C68 1998
Graduation Day           PS 663 .C74 G73
Great Irish Voices DA 905 .G72 1999
Great Speeches for Criticism and Analysis PN 6122 .G74 1998
Historic Documents (Includes Speeches)         REF E 839.5 .H57
In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches PS 661 .I53 1999
Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History           PN 6122 .L4 1997
Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence PS 663 .N4 M37 1997
Million Man March/Day of Absence : … anthology E185.86 .M54 1996x
Onward! 25 Years Of … Commencement Speeches PS663 .C74 O57 2000
A Patriot's Handbook   PS509.U52 P37 2003 (BTC)
Representative American Speeches PS 668 .B3
Ripples of hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches REF E 184 .A1 R53 2003
Speeches by Black Americans PS 663 .N4 O5
Speeches That Changed the World PN 6121 .S64 1999x
Testament of Hope (Martin Luther King Jr.) E 185.97 .K5 A25 1986
Wisdom of the Native Americans E 98 .P5 W57 1999
Words that shook the world     PN 6122 .G75 2002
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