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Speech & Debate Director:
Jana Riggins

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Resource Web Sites for Interpretative Speech

The Internet is a wonderful research tool by which to locate selctions, as well as information about authors for documentation purposes. By all means, use this realm. A word of caution though: prose and poetry selections found only on the Internet and not published in print form are not considered to meet the category requirement of “published.” Students should check categories to determine which ones require “published in hard copy.

The Internet is also an easy way to locate required documentation for the categories.

Try Seaching these online sites for information

Library of Congress Home Page:

Dewey Decimal Classification:

Provides an advanced search for fiction and non-fiction.

The On-Line Books Page

Directory of books that can be freely read right on the Internet.

On-Line Literary Resources

Collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature.


Includes original fiction, reviews, author interview and thousands of annotated links to book-related sites.

A Celebration of Women Writers

This site provides a more in-depth biographical information about women writers and their books. The site is arranged A to Z by the authors last name and in some cases gives a full text version of some of the books or poems they have written. Most sites on the individual pages have pictures on the authors as well as the biography.

Try searching these online bookstores for information. ( (

The New York Public Library Online (

(The New York Public Library also has an online bookstore on its site.)

Library Resources

Contemporary Poets, Dramatists, Essayists, and Novelists of the South: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook, edited by Robert Bain and Joseph M. Flora

Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 248: Antebellum Writers in the South. (also known as the DLB series)