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 Please click on one of the titles below to jump to Internet resources that will assist you in selecting a topic, researching writing and presenting your speech.

LOS ANGELES VALLEY COLLEGE RESOURCES

PUBLIC SPEAKING HELP WEBSITE!

AUDIENCE ANALYSIS AND TOPIC SELECTION

RESEARCH AND SUPPORT OF YOUR SPEECH

SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR INFORMATIVE SPEECHES

SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR PERSUASIVE SPEECHES

ORGANIZING AND OUTLINING

DETERMINING HOW MUCH MATERIAL IS NEEDED FOR YOUR PRESENTATION

INTRODUCTIONS AND CONCLUSIONS

MANAGING SPEECH ANXIETY

PRESENTATION AIDS

HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY SPEECHES

COMMUNICATION PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION WEB SITES

MULTICULTURAL RESOURCES

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE INTERNET RESOURCE

OTHER SOURCES OF INTEREST

LOS ANGELES VALLEY COLLEGE RESOURCES

Los Angeles Valley College Library http://www.lavc.edu/LIBRARY/library.html

This site provides the hours and times the library is open. Additionally, you can link to library resources for online research, library information, information on library instruction, researching a paper, and a citations and styles manuals that can be used to format your bibliography.

Online Student Services http://www.lavc.cc.ca.us/StudentServWebsite/online.html. You can drop or add a class and be connected to other resources.

The Online Writing Center http://www.lavc.cc.ca.us/WCweb/index.html

The central goal of The Writing Center is to provide individualized, collaborative, and self-paced learning opportunities for students at Los Angeles Valley College. The heart of any writing center activity consists of dialogue about texts: those that a student has written or those she or he is reading. In either case, the center provides a place for students to develop a sense of audience, the externalizing of a given text that often cannot be accomplished in a classroom setting alone."

PUBLIC SPEAKING HELP WEBSITE!

Preparing For An Oral Presentation http://www.kumc.edu/SAH/OTEd/jradel/Preparing_talks/TalkStrt.html

An excellent online tutorial for creating an effective speech.

LJLSeminars http://www.ljlseminars.com/aspects/7aspects_files/frame.htm This is a great 57 PowerPoint presentation on the 7 aspects of creating an effective speech.

AUDIENCE ANALYSIS AND TOPIC SELECTION

National Opinion Research Center (NORC) http://www.norc.uchicago.edu/

The NORC conducts surveys on everything from sexual behavior to attitudes toward gambling. This is a good site to use for audience opinion and support material.

The Gallup Pollhttp://www.gallup.com/

Like NORC, the Gallup organization conducts surveys and polls people on thousands of topics. This is a good site to use for audience opinion and support material.

National Survey of Families and Householdshttp://www.ssc.wisc.edu/nsfh/home.htm

For research on many aspects of the status of family in the United States, see this web site. This is a good site to use for support material.

Pew Research Center Study of Political Typologieshttp://people-press.org/

This site outlines ten categories of political orientation based on attitudes, party affiliation, and political participation.

RESEARCH AND SUPPORT OF YOUR SPEECH

Guide to U.S. Government Publications http://www.gpoaccess.gov/index.html The guide to U.S. Government Publications which offers a step-by-step guide to researching government publications. The guide describes both what is available from the government publications office.

The University of Michigan’s Document Center. http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs. The Documents Center is a central reference and referral point for government information, whether local, state, federal, foreign or international. Its web pages are a reference and instructional tool for government, political science, statistical data, and news.

National Geographic Web site http://www.nationalgeographic.com/. This companion site to National Geographic magazine includes maps of the world.

The Librarians’ Index to the Internet http://lii.org/Librarians' Index to the Internet (LII) is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 14,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. LII is used by both librarians and the general public as a reliable and efficient guide to Internet resources.

The Internet Public Library http://www.ipl.org/ The IPL is an annotated subject directory of Internet reference resources evaluated and categorized by librarians. You’ll find links to reference works, magazines, and serious, newspaper and online texts.

WWW Virtual Library http://vlib.org/  The VL is the oldest catalog of the Web. It is operated by volunteers, who compile links for particular areas within their expertise.

Find Articles: Offers free full-text articles by subject matter. http://articles.findarticles.com/p/home?tb=art

The Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/ This federal institution offers the researcher a wealth of resources, including a online catalog of the library’s more than 119 million items as well as the catalogs of 300 other libraries. Trying to find information about a science and technology topic? Log on to the library’s Tracer Bullets sites.

Elibrary http://www.highbeam.com/library/index.asp? I am a paying customer for this site. I will need to give you my user name and password for you to be able to connect to this site. Search our extensive archive of more than 32 million documents from over 2,800 sources -- a vast collection of articles from leading publications, updated daily and going back as far as 20 years. Save your searches, save articles and set up alerts to save time and increase your efficiency.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR INFORMATIVE SPEECHES

How Things Work http://howthingswork.virginia.edu/ This is a good site for finding topics for speeches particularly speeches that explain or demonstrate how something works. It is a vast archive how things work, from oxygen tents and speedometers to accordions and x rays.

Internet Library Links to Online Newspaper Worldwide http://www.ipl.org/div/news/ A great source for an informative speech about current affairs, this site puts you a click away from newspapers from around the world.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR PERSUASIVE SPEECHES

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) http://www.aclu.org/ A useful place to consider speech topics of controversial nature, this site offers excellent summaries of divisive legal issues such as hate speech.

Persuasive Speech Links http://www1.chapman.edu/comm/comm/faculty/thobbs/com202/Speechlinks.html An impressive list of links for research, creating and looking at samples of persuasive speeches.

Directory of World Think Tanks http://www.nira.go.jp/ice/nwdtt/ Link to the worlds Think Tanks provides a systematic introduction to the world's most prominent and innovative public policy research institutes, better known as think tanks. This directory is an unusually detailed collection of carefully compiled information on public policy research institutes worldwide. After finding the country you are interested in you can go to the separate think tanks and look at the areas of research they conduct. You can then link to the sites to get more detailed information.

ORGANIZING AND OUTLINING YOUR SPEECH

Automated Speech Writer http://www.school-for-champions.com/grades/autospeech.htm Although computer technology cannot think for you or write an essay or presentation, there are tools that will help you organize your thoughts, as well as to stimulate your creative process. One such tool is an Automated Speech Writer that guides you through developing a short talk to give to your class. Use this as a guideline, but understand that you will need to support the points with research and provide a bibliography.

Virtual Presentation Assistant http://www.ukans.edu/cwis/units/coms2/vpa/vpa.htm The Virtual Presentation Assistant is an online tutorial for improving your public speaking skills. This site is designed to help you target your specific needs as a speaker by allowing you to access any or all of the contents listed below.

DETERMINING HOW MUCH MATERIAL IS NEEDED FOR YOUR PRESENTATION

How Much Material Is Enough For Your Speech? http://www.kumc.edu/SAH/OTEd/jradel/Preparing_talks/137.html

INTRODUCTIONS AND CONCLUSIONS

The ASU Writing Center http://www.asu.edu/duas/wcenter/introconc.html  A general guide to writing introductions and conclusions.

Write an Introduction and Conclusion http://www.zzapp.org/terdoyle/pubspeak/organize/begend.html This is an excellent website that provides detailed information on each type of introduction with links to sources. Additionally, there are links to speeches giving you an idea of each introduction approach.

Joke a Day http://www.joker.org/

Good Clean Fun Jokes http://home.kcbx.net/~tellswor/

Ron and Cathy’s Joke Site http://www.rcjokelist.com/This site is dedicated to humor. Spreading humor to all that want it is our goal. A roaring belly laugh, a chuckle, a timid hee hee, or even a smile, is our reward.

Bartleby’s http://www.bartleby.com/quotations/ if you want to sprinkle your speech with a quote, this site is for you.

Aviation Quotes http://www.skygod.com/quotes/quotes.html

On the use of Humor http://www.squaresail.com/onhumor.html. This site was inspired by professional humorist Dr. Charles Jarvis and his love for the study of humor. "ON HUMOR" is a resource for speakers, Toastmasters and humorists and is highly recommended for people interested in adding humor to their presentation and speaking skills. Visit Resources for an extensive list of materials to learn more about using humor in public speaking.

PRESENTATION AIDS

Guides about Speeches and Presentations http://writing.colostate.edu/references/speaking.cfm   This writing guide from CSU will give you information on creating and using overheads.

Designing Effective Presentations http://www.kumc.edu/SAH/OTEd/jradel/Effective_visuals/VisStrt.html A great online tutorial for using visual aids in your speech.

MANAGING SPEECH ANXIETY

Public Speaking Anxiety/Phobia Grouphttp://speech-anxiety.healthyplace2.com/

Dealing with Communication Anxiety and Public Speakinghttp://www.roch.edu/dept/spchcom/anxiety_handout.htm

Relaxation Article http://www.selfhelpmagazine.com/articles/stress/relax.html

HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY SPEECHES

Douglass Archives of American Public Address http://douglassarchives.org/ Douglass is an electronic archive of American oratory and related documents. It is intended to serve general scholarship and courses in American rhetorical history at Northwestern University.

Great American Speeches http://www.pbs.org/greatspeeches/

History Channel http://www.historychannel.com/speeches/speeches.html   Hear the words that changed the world. From Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech to Lou Gehrig's farewell to baseball, our vast collection is drawn from the most famous broadcasts and recordings of the twentieth century. (Reminder: To listen to history being made, you must have RealPlayer installed.)

Gifts of Speech: Women’s Speeches from Around the World http://gos.sbc.edu/

Historical Speeches Archive http://chnm.gmu.edu/assets/index.html Essays devoted to the theoretical and practical aspects of taking history into a digital format, including comments on design and technical factors.

Clinton Presidential Center http://www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org/ This site is devoted Bill Clinton. Under resources there is a complete listing of all of Clinton’s speeches.

Ronald Reagan Library http://www.reaganlibrary.com/welcome.asp This site is devoted to Ronald Reagan. Under his name on the site you will see a resource area for his speeches.     

The White House (George W. Bush) http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/ This site is devoted to the current president George W. Bush. You can find links to press briefings, speeches, and other pertinent information.

Speeches of John Kerry http://www.johnkerry.com/ You can find links to press briefings, speeches, and other pertinent information.

Mandela Speaks http://www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/history/mandela/ The following source contains a selection of Nelson Mandela's most significant or famous speeches, statements and writings.

Bill Gates Web Site http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/default.asp. This site has the speeches, published writings and biography of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Cesar Chavez Research Site http://chavez.cde.ca.gov/researchcenter/ This site contains documents and pictures of Cesar Chavez.

COMMUNICATION PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION WEB SITES

History of Communication

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_history_of_communication.htm

National Communication Association http://www.natcom.org/ Founded in 1914, NCA is a non-profit organization of researchers, educators, students, and practitioners, whose academic interests span all forms of human communication.  NCA is the oldest and largest national organization serving the academic discipline of Communication.

American Communication Association http://www.americancomm.org/ The American Communication Association (ACA) is a not-for-profit organization, a virtual professional association with actual presence in the world of scholars and practitioners alike. ACA was created to promote academic and professional research, criticism, teaching, practical use, and exchange of principles and theories of human communication. Our community embraces researchers, teachers, business persons, and specialists located in North, Central, and South America and in the Caribbean

Toastmaster’s International Home Page http://www.toastmasters.org/ Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. The first Toastmasters club was established on October 22, 1924, in Santa Ana, California, by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, who conceived and developed the idea of helping others to speak more effectively.

Association for Women in Communications http://www.womcom.org/The Association for Women in Communications is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era.

Society for Technical Communication http://www.stc.orgSTC is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication. It is the largest organization of its type in the world.

International Listening Association http://www.listen.org/ . . the professional organization whose members are dedicated to learning more about the impact that listening has on all human activity.

The International Listening Association promotes the study, development, and teaching of listening and the practice of effective listening skills and techniques.

MULTICULTURAL RESOURCES

Yahoo! Society and Culture http://dir.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/. This site has an array of information on culture. Links of interest are Holidays and Observances, Cultures and Groups, and Cultural Policy.

Hispanic Online/Tesoros on the Web http://www.hispaniconline.com/

African American Web Connection http://www.aawc.com/aawc.html An African American Gateway. Links to Black authors, Entertainment, History, Prominent People, Resources in African and Topics of Concern.

Nextbook http://www.nextbook.org/ A gateway to Jewish literature, culture and ideas.

The National Forum on People’s Differences http://www.yforum.com the first and only site of its kind, gives you a way to ask people from other ethnic or cultural backgrounds the questions you've always been too embarrassed or uncomfortable to ask them. If you have the courage to ask, Y? will evaluate your question, consider it for posting and try to get someone from that background to answer. If needed, we'll get an expert to weigh in. You’ll also have a chance to answer questions related to your own demographic background.

 

Multicultural Pavilion http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/ Features an Educational Research Room, Awareness Activities, Social Justice Speeches, Quotes on Diversity, Multicultural Awareness Quiz and much more.

Diversity & Ethnic Studies http://www.public.iastate.edu/~savega/multicul.htm African America, American Indian, Asian American, U.S. Latino, LGBT, Multicultural, and Library Research Guides.

Promising Programs and Practices in Multicultural Education http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/educatrs/leadrshp/le4pppme.htm In order for all students to reach academic excellence, educators must acknowledge and respond to an increasingly diverse student population in the context of the ever-changing and complex world in which we live. NCREL, in collaboration with the nation's leading scholars and practitioners in multicultural education, has a site devoted to providing information on multicultural education.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE INTERNET RESOURCE

Ohio ESL

http://www.ohiou.edu/esl/index.html

ESL Web Guide http://www.eslcafe.com/ Welcome to the ESL Cafe's Help Center! There are links to get help in idioms, grammar, pronunciation, slang and you can receive help from ESL/EFL teachers from around the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Having problems with Grammar? Writing? TOEFL? Vocabulary? Idioms? Slang? Don't be shy - ask a question! Afterwards, an ESL/EFL Teacher will try to quickly post an answer onto this page - so keep checking!

Learning English on the Web http://www.englishclub.com/ Welcome to EnglishClub.com, a club to help you learn English or teach English as a second language. Access to all pages is free. You can use the color coded star on the right or the tabs at the top to help you navigate the site. You'll find everything from lessons for learners to jobs for teachers, including many interactive pages such as forums, games, quizzes, chat, ESL help and pen pals.

Pronunciation http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Eacadtech/phonetics

About the Phonetics Flash Animation Project:

This site contains animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of Spanish and English. Available for each consonant and vowel is an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context. It is intended for students of phonetics, linguistics, and foreign language. There is also an interactive diagram of the articulatory anatomy.

Common Errors in the English Language http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~brians/errors/errors.html

OTHER SOURCES OF INTEREST

Thesaurus http://thesaurus.reference.com Has an online thesaurus and other resources such as a dictionary.

Encarta http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/Reference.aspx This site as an online encyclopedia, dictionary and world atlas.

Oxymorons http://www.oxymorons.com/ Contains a list of oxymorons which means:

"A rhetorical figure in which an epigrammatic effect is created by the conjunction of incongruous or contradictory terms"

The Story Tellers Web Source http://www.timsheppard.co.uk/story/ Comprehensive collections, for storytellers, of articles, links, and information on the oral tradition and the art of storytelling - compiled by Tim Sheppard. There are also links to stories and instruction on how to become a storyteller.