Public Speaking Study Guide

The type of resource below is a list of authoritative sources available on this topic, such as books available at the NCTC Libraries and Internet resources.


Search the Catalog. Use the NCTC Library catalog to search all NCTC campuses for books, DVDs, and more. Search by keyword, subject, series, title, or author. The call number and location indicate where the item is located.

Because Public Speaking usually covers a broad spectrum of subjects, the search term you use in the Catalog search box depends upon your speech topic. If there are no results on the first search, try a synonym, or word that means the same thing.

Example: For the topic of Recycling, a search of "trash" or "garbage" might reveal additional items that a simple "recycling" did not. And visa versa.


Due to the general nature of speech topics, any of the library databases might be the one for you. Here are a few suggestions to use as a starting place for your research:

Note: These links only work ON-CAMPUS. To access the databases off-campus, go the Library Databases page within MyNCTC.

Academic Search Complete
The most general of the databases where you will find almost anything. As with the Catalog search, try different search terms when the initial results are not exactly what you are looking for. And always check the "Full Text" box.

Use this database to discover economic, environmental, political, and cultural information about most countries in the world.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Both sides of important issues are represented in interesting and up-to-date articles from assorted sources. This is a good place to start for "controversial" topic speeches.

Internet Resources

Instructor Recommended Websites

American Rhetoric
Featuring full-text, audio, and video clips of the top 100 significant speeches of the 20th century, movie speeches, and an Online Speech Bank database of over 5000 speeches, sermons, lectures, debates, etc.

Writing with Writers: Speech Writing Tips


Find important quotations for that introduction and/or conclusion

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

Famous Quotes & Authors

Food Resources

Food Network


Gourmet Sleuth