Research Guides


Published Speeches

World's Great Speeches (REF PN6121 C65)

More than 278 speeches and 230 speakers including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Socrates, Martin Luther King Jr., and JFK.

Vital Speeches of the Day (Periodical Collection; First Floor)

Covers both sides of public questions and current national problems. Subjects include economics, politics, education, sociology, government, criminology, business, health, law, labor, etc.

General Sources

General Encyclopedias (Reference; AE Section; Online)

General encyclopedias are a good resource to begin your research. Often you will find a good overview article on your topic with
an outline and sometimes a bibliography. Older encyclopedias are available for checkout and are located on the second floor under the same call number. The online version of Encyclopedia Britannica is available any where on campus.

Facts on File (REF D410 F3)

Permanent record of facts as reported by the major newspapers and magazines, such as, New York Times, Wall Street Journal,
Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time, Newsweek, Maclean's, and Business Week.

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial... (REF
HN17.5 T34)

Each book of the Taking Sides Series discusses a topic from opposing viewpoints. Look through the subject list of the last volume (Index Volume) to choose a topic. Older issues of the Taking Sides Series are available for checkout and are located under the same call number on the second floor.

Statistical Abstract of the United States (REF HA202 A385)

Provides statistics on the social, political, and the economic organization of the United States.

The Gallup Poll: Public Opinion (REF HN90 P8 G35)

Provides yearly public survey results.

Newspapers (Periodical Collection; First Floor, Online)

Following is a list of newspapers that the library subscribes to:

(Back issues can be found on microfilm.)

New York Times
Christian Science Monitor (Microfilm only)
Wall Street Journal
The Oklahoman
Tulsa World
Oklahoma Observer
Washington Post


NewsBank is an online database provider and accesses many of the newspapers listed above, including the Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa World. You can access NewsBank from any computer on campus.

EBSCOhost Databases

The EBSCOhost databases are available from any computer on campus with Internet access. The online databases provide indexing
and full-text articles from periodicals and newspapers. MasterFILE Premier, Academic Search Elite and Newspaper Source databases within EBSCOhost will be most helpful for your assignment.

Online Card Catalog

The Online Card Catalog is an index to the library's books and audiovisual materials. You may search the catalog from any computer
with Internet access. The online card catalog can be searched in a variety of ways most notably by TITLE, AUTHOR, SUBJECT, and KEYWORD.


(Reference; AG500; Online)

The SIRS notebooks contain articles from both periodicals and newspapers. The articles address social issues, such as, family, world hunger, environment, aging, etc. SIRS is available both in print and online. You can access the SIRS online version from any computer on campus.


Although an unorganized resource, the Internet does contain valuable information.  Look for the authority, objectivity, accuracy, and currency, when evaluating web sites.

Speech sources are linked at LRC Literature links in the speech section.   

Some sources have pre-selected, organized Internet sites by topics, for example, the Internet Public Library (

Reference Librarian

Contact a reference librarian by calling 405-733-7543 or e-mail