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Focus on your topic and place it properly within context of the field of study.

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Speech Websites

Scoring Power Points
Provides guidance in making sure that the presentation technique does not  become a goal in itself,  that the presentation enhances and communicates a larger and deeper body of work and thought. Combines the use of presentation software with other forms of communication, writing and reporting to persuade, convince, inform and enlighten.

American Rhetoric
Database of full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.

The site represents the long-running television show Booknotes.

Great Speeches Collection
Extensive text --  and   in some cases --  audio of  speeches. Speeches are grouped by speaker or subject. Areas included are  history, government, politics, foreign policy, and foreign government, as well as speeches of a general nature by famous people.

History and Politics Outloud
Searchable multimedia database documenting and delivering authoritative audio relevant to American history and politics.  Also includes transcripts.

Speeches by Women
Text-searchable archive of speeches by women.

World's Famous Orations  (Williams Jennings Bryan/1906)
A timeless collection.