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ENG 1061/1070 English Composition/Effective Speaking: Speeches

Getting started with background research for composition and speech topics.

Resource for demonstration speeches

Books on public speaking

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public speaking


Examples of effective speakers: TED talks

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Examples of speeches to read, view or listen to

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Gifts of Speech: Women’s Speeches from Around the World
(text only)

Collections of speeches in books

In the library

Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History (REF 808.85 Sa17L and Stacks 808.85 Sa17L)

Find books containing speeches to analyze in the Castleton library. You can search using subject heading of Speeches, addresses, etc., American.


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Student Speeches for Analysis. Each volume has over 100 minutes of student speeches, with questions for each speech to guide critique.

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An app (and website) from National Public Radio, sharing their selection of "best graduation speeches ever." With links to the text of 300 speeches, going back to 1774, with video for many.