RHET 103: Public Speaking

Below are selected resources to use for your individual speeches and team debates. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. speakingBackground/Informative Information 

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library  A database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources. 
  • Sage Knowledge  Over 300 encyclopedias, handbooks, and reference books for research. Narrow search results to chapters and entries. 

Hot Topics and Issues

Library Databases

  • Opposing Viewpoints Full-text database containing "pro" and "con" arguments on controversial social issues. Also includes newspaper, magazine, and journal articles.
  • CQ Researcher Full-text summaries of issues and insight into all sides of the issues (the pros and cons).
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports Full-text reports on a broad range of issues of national interest. 


  • ProCon.org ProCon.org is a nonprofit public charity that has no government affiliations of any kind. Its mission statement is: "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format." Presents pros and cons on 47 controversial issues.
  • Political Advocacy Groups:  A Directory of United States Lobbyists. A project started by a librarian at Washington State University Vancouver. 

presidential debateNewspapers

  • LexisNexis Academic Full text of more than 350 newspapers from the U.S. and around the world. For editorial and opinion articles, click on "News" in the left-hand column, select "All News" and then "US Newspapers & Wires" or "All News (English)." Under "Article Type," select "Editorials & Opinions."
  • Access World News Full-text articles articles of international, national, and local newspapers, including the San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco ExaminerUSF Foghorn.  


  • Search Ignacio, the library catalog.


Search the following databases to find relevant newspaper, magazine, and journal articles:

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