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COM 203: Rhetoric & Public Address

Contemporary issues provide considerable grist for public speaking and discourse.  Grasping both sides of an issue will allow the speaker to make a more effective and persuasive case for their position.  These resources provide balanced accounts of the current debate on a number of controversial topics.

Of course, the most extensive subject-specific database pertaining to Communications, Media Studies, Rhetoric and Discourse generally will be Communications Source, providing full-text content from scholarly journals worldwide.

There's a great deal of worthwhile info on the web, but much of it comes with strong perspectival bias.  These resources provide balanced overviews of complex and contentious issues.

There are a number of other worthwhile print and digital resources available through Memorial Library, including books, periodicals, and streaming video, that offer pro/con-style overviews of complex and compelling issues.  Here are a few examples…

News outlets are excellent sources for opinion-pieces and editorials. Op-Ed columns often make rhetorically strong cases for one particular side of a controversial issue. Nexis Uni offers access to a wide-range of news sources, or check op-eds from any of these specific news outlets for contemporary or historical viewpoints.

These databases are all available through the Memorial Library site, and offer balanced and/or divergent perspectives on key issues.  Congressional Digest Debates, CQ Researcher, and Facts on File are particularly rich resources with a pro/con style.