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Speech Research Guide: Topics, Research and Statistics

Library and research resources for courses in Speech.

Find Statistics

Statistics can enhance a speech and make a stronger case for your perspective.


Statistics measure facts and reported data. Polls try to measure people's opinions on a topic.

MLA Style - Humanities

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style is primarily used for the humanities - English, philosophy, music, religion - but can also be used in other subjects.

Helpful MLA related sites to assist you with proper citations:

Find out more about your topic

Help with "How To"

Giving a presentation on "how to" do something? The following links can help with step-by-step instructions on a variety of topics.


Quotations can help to make a point or provoke thought and discussion. These resources can be found in the reference stacks on the 1st floor of the library, or by clicking on the link:

  1. And I quote : the definitive collection of quotes, sayings, and jokes for the contemporary speechmaker @ Ref. PN4193.I5A6 1992
  2. The Dictionary of biographical quotation of British and American subjects @ Ref. CT773.D38 1978
  3. Familiar quotations : a collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature @ Ref. PN6081.B27 1992
  4. Dictionary of quotations @ Ref. PN6081.E9
  5. The Oxford dictionary of quotations @ Ref. PN6080.O95 1999
  6. Bloomsbury Biographical Dictionary of Quotations - Quotations by speaker
  7. Bloomsbury Thematic Dictionary of Quotations - Quotations by subject

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