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Some reference titles for research in communication and rhetorical studies:

These databases will be the best bets for starting your research in communication & rhetorical studies. If you are having trouble finding articles, see our Finding Articles guide, or ask a librarian for help!

One excellent place to locate books on communication and rhetorical studies is in the Schewe Library Catalog or in the library on the shelves in the 808 range on the upper level (for rhetoric) or the 302.23 range on the lower level (for media communication).

Some example keywords to follow up on searches of your own in our local or I-Share catalogs:


National Communication Association - The National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry.

Intercultural Communication Institute - Provides institutes, workshops, and other resources related to intercultural communication.

Association for Business Communication - The Association for Business Communication (ABC) is an international, interdisciplinary organization committed to advancing business communication research, education, and practice.

International Communication Association - This NGO includes international researchers who cover a variety of communication topics.

Rhetoric Society of America - RSA is the umbrella organization for scholars and teachers in every discipline who are interested in rhetoric, the art of effective communication.

Speeches Online

TED Talks - Engaging speakers presenting on a wide variety of topics.

American Rhetoric - Online Speech Bank - Index of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events. Speeches by numerous American public figures arranged alphabetically by first name.

Talk to your professor or look in your syllabus to determine which citation style you should use.

Communication and rhetorical studies articles often use a variety of APA, MLA, or Chicago styles. You can find more information on these styles in the Schewe Library citation guide.

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