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THE 120 — Public Speaking (D'Aquino)

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Veronica D'aquino
(310) 243-2581


Library Basic Information

Background Information

Books & E-Books


Facts, Visuals & Interesting Data

Speech Collections

Useful Websites



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Background Information

The following resources are great places to start your research on topics for your persuasive or informative speeches. Articles and reviewed essays from subject encyclopedias provide an overview of what is known about that specific field and contain references that will point you to other works. For example, if your project is a speech on some aspect of cultural and religious beliefs towards death, you can start reading an article from a subject encyclopedia specialized in religion. Likewise, you may find the selection of handbooks on public speaking skills that may compliment your required readings useful.

Some of these resources might be accessible online by providing your CSUDH username and password while others might be available as print and should be requested by their call numbers. Please, click the hyperlinks to access the electronic books.


Effective presentation skills
PN4121 .M3194 1987

How to be the life of the podium
Online / PN4193 .I5 S49 1982

Presentation skill

Presentation skills: captivate and educate your audience

Speaker’s handbook of successful openers and closers
PN4193 .I5 P44 1984

The toastmaster’s treasure chest
PN4193 .I5 T6 1988

Subject Encyclopedias on Communication & Rhetoric

Books & E-Books

Searching for Books and other materials at the CSUDH Library

The Torofind Catalog allows you to identify books and other materials held by and available to the library. You can search the catalog directly from the library’s homepage: the Simple Search screen allows searching by keyword, title, author, subject, ISBN/ISSN, or call number by using the dropdown feature in the search bar. The Advanced Search screen allows you to combine multiple search fields and to restrict the results in different ways. The library online catalog is also used to manage renewals, save and e-mail searches, and more.

The following series titles explore current issues or controversies presenting varying opinions. These series are created to present conflicting ideas and are excellent sources for persuasive and/or informative speeches.

Please, click on the hyperlinks to retrieve a list of available monographs on controversial matters.

At issue

Contemporary world issues

Opposing viewpoints series

Opposing viewpoints series unnumbered

Taking sides

Likewise, you may find it useful to browse current controversial topics directly from The debatabase book. This book provides an overview for over 125 controversial issues, many of which are current, pros and cons arguments, and suggested additional resources that may help you get started.

Be aware that not all currently available e-books are accessible from the online catalog, therefore try searching directly through the e-book vendor.

Checking Out Materials

If you have a current student ID you may check out up to 30 items for 28 days at the Circulation Desk, located on the second floor of the library. For more information on renewals, holds, overdue fines, etc. contact the Circulation Desk at (310) 243-3712.

Searching Other Library Collections

The Catalog of the CSU Libraries allows searching of the collections for all 23 CSU campuses and for finding materials that are not available at your CSUDH Library. These materials may be requested through Interlibrary Loan online at no cost.

WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries in your community, state, country and from around the world. WorldCat locates your item of interest in the nearest libraries to our campus. Items available for loan may be borrowed online and include: books, journal articles, and some dissertations and theses. For additional information on policies contact the Interlibrary Loan Services at (310) 243-3716.


The University Library subscribes to a number of databases that index magazine and journal articles, and are available in full text. Access to electronic databases is available through the library’s main webpage via Databases by Title. Databases are also arranged by topics under Databases by Subject. Full-text access and date coverage varies by individual periodical title as well as from one database to another; therefore you may find it necessary to search in multiple databases.

If you are accessing the databases from off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your My CSUDH username and password.

Academic Search Premier provides access to a wide range of general interest magazines (trade and consumer) as well as scholarly journals on social and computer sciences, education, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.

Communication & Mass Media complete provides quality research information in communication and mass media. It includes full text for over 500 journals as well as monographs, conference proceedings, working papers and other publication types. Many major journals have abstracts, full text access, and searchable cited references from their first issues to the present.

CQ Researcher provides in-depth reports on the most important issues of the day written by experienced journalists. These reports cover a wide range of political and social issues that include but are not limited to: health, environment, technology, and international affairs among many others.

News & Newspapers (ProQuest 1980-current) publishes up-to-date information on current issues at the international, national, regional, and local levels.

PsycINFO provides access to journal articles, book chapters, dissertations and technical reports in the field of psychology.

SocINDEX offers coverage from the sub-disciplines of sociology, including anthropology, criminology, criminal justice, demography, economic development, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, marriage and family, politics,and religion, to name a few.

Facts, Visuals & Interesting Data


Statistical Abstracts of the United States provides a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organizations of the United States.

Historical Abstracts of the United States offers historical statistics on topics ranging from migration, health, crime, work and welfare, and the Confederate States of America. It provides charts, graphs, and tables that can be saved and exported in several formats. 

IPOLL Center (Roper Center for Public Opinion Research) offers polling data on a wide range of topics within the United States.

Quotations, Visuals, and More

Bartleby.com offers a searchable database of reference, verse, and classic literature.

Famous Quotes & Authors provides a collection of quotes from over 6700 famous authors from all fields.

Creative Commons enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Content includes works from songs, videos, images as well as scientific and academic materials.

Library of Congress Digital Collections provides access to digitized versions of photographs, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, and books as well as other born digital materials.

National Gallery of Art provides access to their collection on European and American masterpieces in every medium.

Oxford Art Online provides access to art resources including more than 5,000 images.  

UNESCO Photobank provides access to collections of photographs related to the Organization’s fields of competence that include education, science, culture and communication since 1946.

Speech Collections

Vital Speeches of the Day provides access to the complete texts or edited versions of recent speeches given by government, industry, and societal leaders from 1934 to the present time. It enables you to search within this publication by author, topic, geographic terms, and more, or browse this compilation by years.

The White House Briefing Room provides transcripts of public statements by the President as well as proclamations, executive orders, press releases, photos, and videos.

American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States offers access to political, social, movie and religious speeches as well as related concepts and exercises in rhetoric.

Useful Websites

Pros & Cons of Controversial Issues provides arguments on diverse controversial issues covering education, health, politics, media, religion, science and technology, sex and gender, sports, and the international fields.

Debatabase: A World of Great Debates  authoritative collection of over five hundred debates mostly written by experienced debaters. They cover topics from affirmative action to Zimbabwe, on all sorts of themes including politics, economics, religion, culture, science and society.


MLA Citation Style

It is a requirement for this course that you use MLA style to cite your sources. The MLA handbook is available at the Reference Desk.

Some examples of citations for your Works Cited List are:

Newspaper Article
Jeromack, Paul.  "This Once, a David of the Art World Does Goliath a Favor."
New York Times 13 July 2002, late ed.: B7+ . Print.


Gilbert, Sandra M., and Susan Gubar eds. The Female Imagination and the Modernist

      Aesthetic. New York: Gordon, 1986. Print. 

Lecture, a Speech, an Address, or a Reading
Matuozzi, Robert. “Archive Truama”. Archive Trouble. MLA Annual Convention
Hyatt Regency, Chicago 29 Dec. 2007. Address.

Japanese Fundamentals. Chart. Hauppauge: Barron, 1992. Print.

Images on the Web                                                                                                         
Lange, Dorothea. The Migrant Mother. 1936. Prints and Photographs Div., Lib. of  
Cong. Dorothea Lange: Photographer of the People.  Web. 9 May 2007.

Journal Article From a Database
Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England.”     

        Historical Journal
50.1 (2007): 173-96. ProQuest. Web. 27 May 2009.

MLA Formatting and Style Guide by Purdue University