Communication and Speech

Waggoner Library Research Guide to Communication / Speech Resources. Click on the topic below to jump to related information.

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Books from the online catalog

The online catalog allows you to search by author, title, subject, and keyword and advanced search.

Communication books can be found in the following call number areas
  • P 87 - P96 - Communication and Mass Media
  • PN 4001-4355, 6121-6129 - Orations, Speeches
  • KF 2161-2849 - Law relating to Transportation & Communication
  • HM - General Sociology: culture,unity, solidarity, association, mutuality, social groups, struggle, social forces, laws, social psychology.

Circulating books are on the top floor of the library and are checked out at the main desk using your Trevecca student I.D.

Search Area Libraries
link on the library website allows you to search several other middle Tennessee libraries holdings through ATHENA with one search question. A courier service allows a patron to retrieve a book from ATHENA within 5-7 working days. All requests are made through TNU library.

WorldCat allows you to search over 10,000 libraries worldwide. Books can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Online Catalog

Result List
   The holdings line provides call number as well as indicates whether a book has been checked out by providing a due date. the button 'Other Resources' allows you to view a Table of Contents (TOC) or a Book Review for that title. Reference books indicate no copies available since they cannot be checked out. Photocopies can be made of needed pages.

eBooks   Also included in the library holdings are e-book, over 85, 000 titles. These are identified by either a special icon on the result list. Free accounts need to be created to take full advantage of eBook collection features.
Many can be download to an eReader format and there is a small collection of audio books available.

Checking out/Renewing library books  These are checked out at the Main Desk with a maximum of fifteen books and are due back in four weeks. Your TNU I.D. card serves as your library card. Books cannot be checked out from the Web site.

Materials can be renewed online!    From the library home page click on the My Account link on the menu. Follow instructions to view your account. The renew link will appear on the screen.  Books cannot be renewed if they are overdue.
Call 615.248.1214 for assistance or email

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  Reference Sources

Photocopies can be made of needed text. Some titles have duplicates in the stacks, this will be noted on the record as a copy. Some recommended titles:
  • A Dictionary of Communication and Media Studies     [Ref.] P87.5 .W38 
  • Familiar Quotations             [Ref.] PN6081 .B27;
  • Terminology of Communication Disorders: Speech, Language, Hearing              [Ref.] RC423 .N52
  • They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes...            [Ref.] PN6081 .B635
  • Webster's New World Dictionary of Media and Communications;            [Ref.] P87.5 .W45

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Locating Scholarly Journal Articles

Online account information is provided exclusively for Trevecca Nazarene University. Our license agreements permit use of databases only by Trevecca faculty and students.  Please help us maintain the integrity of our agreements by not sharing access with family, co-workers, and friends.

If you know the journal title: 

From the library homepage enter the journal title in the search box near the top.  Change the tag to read “Journal Title” then enter.  If your journal is full text in one of our databases the result will include a link to the database where you can access the full text or indicates bound, back issues or microfilm availability.  If there were no hits you can complete online an ILL form requesting a journal article reprint.

If you are searching by subject: 

Electronic Resources Link: Click on the ‘Electronic Resources’ link, then choose either

* Looking for databases by subject displays a subject list of databases

* Looking for databases by title browses an A-Z title list of databases

* Looking for an e-journal by title limits you to browsing only e-journals accessible online

Accessing databases off campus access requires you to provide your name and the 11 digit ID number from your student ID.

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Speech/Communication Studies Database Descriptions
  • Communications and Mass Media Collection - a full text Gale resource
  • Films on Demand® - Over 7,000 streaming videos, interviews, documentaries from all subject areas
  • Lexis- Nexis - full text legal and news resources
  • ProQuest Central® - full text multidisciplinary journals and newspaper resources
  • ProQuest Humanities - all communication related information
  • ProQuest Telecommunications - covers radio and television, data communications and transmission systems
  • Points of View Reference Center - covers pro and con for many topics along with critical analysis and scholarly research
  • PsycARTICLES® - full text for APA published journals
  • PsycINFO -  abstracted content for journal articles relating to all aspects of psychology
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection - covers all aspects of psychology
  • Social Science Module and Social Science Full Text - covers all aspects of social science information
  • WorldCat - provides access to over 10,000 libraries worldwide and links to Google Scholar

The Result List indicates article length and provides format for viewing/printing. If an article is only citation/abstract, search the library catalog by Journal title, this will show if the journal is available somewhere else in the library collection. As with ProQuest, articles can be either emailed, printed or saved. Many articles can be viewed as PDF.

When accessing databases from off campus, you will be asked to verify your Trevecca status with your name and the 11 digit barcode number from your student I.D.

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  Primary Sources

Primary sources include original works of an author--novels, poems, short stories, autobiographies, diaries, and firsthand reports of observations or research. Many books and journal articles are considered primary sources. Review the description of Primary and Secondary sources In addition, primary sources materials may be found in the following:

Connecting Waggoner Library databases to Primary Sources

Government Web Sites

  • American Memory Project Gateway to primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. Includes written materials, maps, motion pictures, photos, and sound recordings. Search by broad topic, original format, time, place, Library of Congress Division, or digital format. Time period: 1400s to present.
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications  Indexes federal publications published since 1994 and hot links to online full-text when available.
  • Federal Communications Commission  Independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress, charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. Search the FCC, topical index, FCC Electronic Document Management System, document indexes, FCC general menu reports, electronic filing & public access systems, filed comments, ID numbers, registrations, rules and regulations.
  • Thomas Federal legislative information. Search for bills, status of bills and amendments, Congressional Record. Includes general information about the legislative process.
  • Voice of America International multimedia broadcasting service funded by the US government. Broadcasts more than 1000 hours of news of informational, educational, and cultural programs every week to an audience of some 94 million people worldwide.

Trevecca University Archives

  • Papers, ranging from vitae and resumes to research notes, news clippings, publications and photographs, of individual faculty and staff.
  • Articles documenting the activities and views of various student groups taken from campus newspaper The Trevechoes and magazine The Treveccan
  • Reports, publications, and other media produced by faculty, students, and University departments responsible for developing and disseminating campus and external communication.

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Getting materials through Interlibrary Loan Services

All transactions for ILL are handled through the Interlibrary Loan Services Librarian. Complete an online form on the library Web site following the ILL link on the menu. Allow 7-10 days for the requested book to arrive and 7 days for article reprints. Items are sent to the Library for pickup.
  • Books:  Books generally have a three to four week checkout period. Turnaround time for book requests is about 7 working days. There are generally no fees for this service; however, late fine charges for ILL books are $.50 per day.

  • Journal Article Reprints: If a journal is unavailable at TNU a reprint of it can be ordered using the online form off the web site. There is no cost. Allow 5 days, articles typically come as PDF attachments in your email.  Karla Wardlow is the Inter Library Loan Librarian.

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Finding speeches

Videos of well known speeches can be found within these Waggoner databases:

African-American History OnlineAmerican History in Video Communications and Mass Media

For persuasive speeches, the Points of View Reference Center provides pro and con information about many topics such as Frankenfoods, Immunization rights, Steroids, and Carbon Trading.  Articles are written by an expert in the field and have substantial bibliographies. Topics also have links to full text journal and newspaper articles as well as charts and graphs.

Speeches on DVD that can be checked out include:

  • Great Speeches: Today's Women      DVD PS 668 .G7includes Hillary Clinton, Condalezza Rice, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and Haleema Salie
  • Great Speeches:  Vol. 17   DVD PS 668 .G72 includes John F. Kennedy, Tony Blair, Rudy Guiliani, and Tom Daschle.
  • Great Speeches: Vol. 15    DVD PS 668 .G71   includes Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Dole, and Colin Powell.

Internet Resources include




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