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C121: Ceremonial Speech

"For your ceremonial speech, you will select a speech type from among the following options: Presenting an award or honor, Delivering a eulogy or memorial address, Offering a toast at a celebration, Introducing a well-known speaker, Delivering a speech of inspiration, or Dedicating a building or monument" (C121 Public Speaking Workbook, p. 27).

The following resources will help you as you conduct your research for this speech:

Prior to developing your speech, you may want to look at some sample speeches for ideas. Below are two book that give ceremonial speech examples.

Belson, David and Ruth Belson. Speeches for Every Occasion.
Information Commons/Undergraduate Library Services
Wells Library, Reference
PN4121.B418 1995
Provides sample speeches for a variety of occasions (testimonials, awards banquets, ceremonies, fund drives, etc). Each speech is broken into several segments--opening, dedication, personal introductions, farewell, etc.

Shelby, Roger. The Executive's Lifetime Library of Model Speeches for Every Situation.
Information Commons/Undergraduate Library Services
Wells Library, Reference
PN6122.S58 1999
Lists 200 ready-to-use speeches and outlines, including tips, audience-type, style suggestions, and time length requirements.

You may decide to do a speech about a person or place that you do not know anything about. If so, two sources are required (C121 Public Speaking Workbook, p. 27). The following resources will supply personal and biographical information about a specific speaker. There are books, electronic library resources, and websites provided. In some cases, instructions on how to use or navigate to a particular resource are also given.

Garraty, John A. American National Biography
Wells Library, Reference
Provides 17,500 biographies of persons whose actions occurred during his/her residence within the United States or whose life and career directly influenced the course of American history.

Who's Who in America
Wells Library, Reference and Stacks & Information Commons/Undergraduate Library Services Reference
Gives 126,000 descriptions of outstanding Americans whose positions and/or noteworthy achievements have proven to be of significant value to society. Entries usually focus on business persons (Donald Trump) or those less well-known (Adam W. Herbert).

The IUB Libraries subscribe to hundreds of online resources. Connect to the following library resources from the links provided or the IUB Libraries' website. If you are connecting from the Libraries' web page, click on the "Resource Gateway", and search for the database name alphabetically or by subject.

Academic Search Premier
Use Academic Search Premier to find articles about your speaker. This resource contains the full-text of nearly 3,180 scholarly journals and magazines from the 1980s to the present and includes almost all academic areas of study—social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.

Biography Resource Center

The Biography Resource Center is a database of biographical information on more than 185,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. It contains approximately 250,000 biographies from both print and electronic sources. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death years and places, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender.

Current Biography Illustrated
Current Biography Illustrated contains the entire content of the print Current Biography Yearbook from 1940 to the present. It provides full-text biographical articles, images of subjects, and obituaries for celebrities, sports figures, politicians, business people, writers, actors, scientists, etc.

For your speech, "you will develop at least one extended metaphor that will serve as a theme throughout your speech" (C121 Public Speaking Workbook, p. 27). You may want to look at some examples of metaphors in order to help develop your own. Resources that provide metaphor examples are:

Sommer, Elyse. Metaphors Dictionary.
Wells Library, Reference
PE1689.M47 1995
Alphabetical (by thematic category) lists of 6,500 metaphors from poets, novelists, journalists, speech writers, etc. throughout history. They can be searched by author/speaker and subject.

Wilkinson, P.R. A Thesaurus of Traditional English Metaphors.
Folklore Reference Collection (Wells Library, Research Collections, 7th floor)
PE1689.W56 1993
A thematic listing of over 20,000 English metaphors with their translations and definitions. They can be searched by theme or keyword.

You may want to use a quotation in your speech to add emphasis or power to your language. Below are two books that provide lists of quotations.

Bartlett, John. Familiar Quotations.
Wells Library Reference and Information Commons/Undergraduate Library Services Reference
PN6081.B27 1992
A chronological listing of quotations by author birthdate.

Crainer, Stuart. The Ultimate Book of Business Quotations.
Wells Library, Reference
PN6084.B87 U58 1998
An alphabetical listing of quotations related to business topics (i.e. capital and markets, hiring and firing, retirement, etc.).

If you would like to look for other quotations books, browse the shelves near those listed above because call numbers group material on the same topic together. There are many more quotation books located in the Wells Library Reference Reading Room and Research Collections Stacks (9th floor). Call numbers for those generally are between PN6081-PN6084. Or, you can search IUCAT. This electronic catalog will tell you what books, magazines, journals, movies, sound recordings, government publications, and other materials the IU Libraries own. To search IUCAT for quotation books, type "quotations" in the "Keyword Anywhere" search box and click "Search".

To find additional resources about public speaking, search IUCAT for "public speaking," "speeches," "addresses," etc. in the "Keywords Anywhere" search box and click "Search".

To find print biographical resources, search IUCAT for "the person's name" in the "Keywords Anywhere" search box and click "Search".

To find resources about metaphors, search IUCAT for "metaphor(s)" in the "Keywords Anywhere" search box and click "Search".

last updated: 10/26/2010