Politics & the English Language

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Electronic Databases

Primary Sources

Current Events

Other General & Reference Sources

Speeches & Transcripts

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Other Sources

Rhetoric & Propaganda

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Other Sources

Plagiarism Policy




Plan your search

Use the search planning worksheet to list your main ideas and identify related search terms. Continue to modify and update the worksheet with new search terms as you get results and new ideas.




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Books about the propaganda, rhetoric, and style are available in the Media Center. See the list (click on Categories and Language & Politics).


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Electronic databases

Look for material in the following Media Center electronic databases, accessible from the NHHS Media Center home page or on the media center computers’ Favorites list:

Primary Sources

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Current Events

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Other General & Reference Sources

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Speeches & transcripts

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American Rhetoric


A collection of rhetorical resources, including an online speech bank, movie speeches, the rhetoric of 9/11, and links to scholarly resources.


Simply Scripts


Links to hundreds of hundreds of free, downloadable scripts, movie scripts, screenplays, and transcripts of current, classic and a few soon-to-be-released movies, television, anime, unproduced and radio shows.


Vital Speeches of the Day

This bimonthly magazine prints the full text of important speeches by leaders in economics, politics, education, sociology, business, and labor. Speeches are available from 1934 to the present. Available via EBSCOhost Web:

  • Click the Title List for Academic Search Premier

  • In the Browse Publications field, type Vital Speeches and click the Browse button

  • Click the link for "Search within this publication" at the top right of the page

  • After the text in the Find field, enter the word "and" and type your search terms

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Other Sources


American History


Texts of major documents and speeches in U.S. history.


Douglass Archives of American Public Address


An electronic archive of American oratory and related documents.


Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World


A collection of speeches made by contemporary women including Maya Angelou, Betty Shabazz, Tipper Gore, Ruth Bader Ginzberg, Andrea Dworkin, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, and Margaret Thatcher, arranged alphabetically by the speaker.


Great Speeches in History


Full text of important speeches, weighted toward European and American history.


Presidential Inaugural Addresses


Text of U.S. presidential inaugural addresses, from George Washington to George W. Bush.

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Rhetoric & propaganda

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Persuasion Analysis


Simple ways to analyze complex persuasion techniques of modern advertising and political rhetoric.




Compiled by a rhetoric scholar and former journalst, offers analysis and commentary about the rhetoric, propaganda, and spin of journalism and politics, including analysis of presidential speeches and election campaigns. See the Rhetoric Textbook and the Primer of Critical Techniques for helpful information on analyzing texts.

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American Communication Journal


Online scholarly refereed journal dedicated to the study of communication.


About.com: Persuasion


An overview of the techniques and methods of persuasion.


English Usages, Style & Composition


A collection of reference works at Bartleby.com, including American Heritage, Strunk & White, Fowler's King's English, and other indispensable public-domain works


Identifying Propaganda


CNN’s descriptions of propaganda techniques, along with examples from political campaigns.


Propaganda Critic


An analysis of propaganda techniques and examples.


Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric


Explores the art of persuasive speaking and writing skills through a comprehensive dictionary of rhetorical devices and terms.


Virtual Salt


Definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices.


What is Propaganda?


A discussion of the elements of propaganda, with tips for spotting it.

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Plagiarism policy

Plagiarism demonstrates lack of integrity and character. It is inconsistent with the goals and values of NHHS. Review the plagiarism policy to learn about strategies that will help you succeed with honor.

NHHS policy on cheating and plagiarism

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