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Begin your research on communication, mass media, and related fields using the best indexes, databases, and reference works selected by the subject librarian.


Speech courses provide forums for the study and practice of public speaking. Instruction and curriculum guide students toward two primary objectives: (1) to become better speakers and (2) to help others become better speakers. Meeting these objectives demands rigorous study of topic selection, organization, language, preparation, and delivery. Rhetorical and social science scholarship will figure prominently in our course discussions and assignments.

(From the web pages of the Institute for Writing & Rhetoric.)

For more information about Speech at Dartmouth, click here.

Finding Library resources

In the library, you can find all of the following ranges on Baker Level 4. There are more, but check the online catalog for more call numbers.

  • Public speaking - call number range PN 4121 through PN 4129.
  • Rhetoric - call number range PN 171.4 through PN 229.
  • Collections of speeches - call number range PN 6121 through PN 6129.
  • Communication - call number range P 87 through P 96.

Useful subject headings for searching in the online catalog include the following:

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To find speeches from a specific person, you can use the subject heading:

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Internet resources

Keeping up with the journal literature

Want an easy way to keep up with the journal literature for all facets of Communication? And you use a mobile device? You can install the BrowZine app and create a custom Bookshelf of your favorite journal titles. Then you will get the Table of Contents (ToCs) of your favorite journals automatically delivered to you when they become available. Once you have the ToC's you can download and read the articles you want.

You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Don't own or use a mobile device? You can still use BrowZine! It's now available in a web version. You can get to it here. The web version works the same way as the app version. Find the journals you like, create a custom Bookshelf, get ToCs and read the articles you want.