Use this guide to quickly find reputable sources and save time on your research! Contact your subject librarian or the reference librarians if you need more help. For an overview of how to research efficiently, see Steps of the Research Process.

Finding Materials in the Library

Search CityCat to find books, e-books, disks and more. There are many ways to search, such as Title, Author and Keyword.

Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject, so you can often simply browse the shelves. Here are some relevant subjects and their call numbers:

Debates & Debating      PN4181
Oral Interpretation       
Public Speaking

Here are some examples of books in our collection:

The art of public speaking / Stephen E. Lucas.
Boston, MA : McGraw-Hill, c2009.
Rosenberg: PN4129.15 .L83 2009  

Mastering public speaking / George L. Grice, John F. Skinner.
Boston : Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, c2007
Rosenberg:  PN4129.15 .G75 2007

The elements of great public speaking : how to be calm, confident, and compelling / J. Lyman MacInnis.
Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, c2006.
Rosenberg: PN4129.15 .M34 2006  


The City College Library has purchased ebooks or digital versions of books.  When you are not on campus you will need to enter the barcode number from your student ID.  The barcode number begins with 22417....  If someone else is viewing the book, you will temporarily be unable to view it.  Try searching by SUBJECT--enter PUBLIC SPEAKING.

Connect to our Ebooks (you'll need your barcode number, if you are off-campus (at home)).

Here are some examples of Ebooks in our collection:

Butterflies Be Gone : A Hands-on Approach to Sweat-proof Public Speaking
Bell, Arthur H. In: McGraw Hill professional. McGraw-Hill Professional. 2008. eBook. 218p.

Complete Presentation Skills Handbook
Siddons, Suzy. Kogan Page. 2008. eBook. 233p.

Confident Speaker : Beat Your Nerves and Communicate at Your Best in Any Situation
Monarth, Harrison; Kase, Larina. In: McGraw Hill professional. McGraw-Hill Professional. 2007. eBook. 338p.

Presenting With Power : Captivate, Motivate, Inspire and Persuade
McConnon, Shay. 3rd ed., new and rev. How To Books, Ltd. 2007. eBook. 158p.

Speaking for Yourself : A Guide for Students
Barrass, Robert. Taylor & Francis Routledge. 2006. eBook. 157p.


Use databases for specialized and the most up-to-date information, especially academic (scholarly) sources that are not available for free on the Web. See the Articles & Databases page for a full list of databases available.

Texts of some speeches can be found in both EbscoHost and Gale Powersearch.  For example, the full text of Vital Speeches of the Day, and  Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents  is available on Ebschost.

Gale Powersearch
Gale Powersearch is a brand name for 25 multidisplinaryl databases with coverage from 1980 to the present.

Ebscohost is a brand name for more than 25 multi-disciplinary databases with coverage from 1980 to the present.

Web Sites

Here are some selected web sites on public speaking:

Toastmaster's International: 10 Tips for Public Speaking
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.

MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program: Public Speaking Tips
"These tips provide you with advice on how to deliver your message clearly and strongly, with as little pain as possible for you —the speaker —and your audience."


Last updated 2/23/12