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CC100: Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Background Information

In order to provide a solid understanding of the rhetorical object that you are analyzing, you'll need to consult reference sources for background information. The resources listed here will get you started regardless of your topic. For further assistance, ask a reference librarian.

FLO Library Catalog

Search the FLO Library Catalog to find books and media materials related to your rhetorical object.


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Subject heading examples:

Documentary Films

Recent Speeches

Vital Speeches of the Day is the most complete magazine including the text of speeches; coverage is from October 8, 1934 to present.

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Speech Banks

Speech Anthologies

Try one of these, or browse speeches available at Emerson.

Identify Perspectives (Activity)

In groups, look at your artifact and be ready to discuss the following questions:

  • What is the artifact?
  • Who created the artifact?