Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

Michael Schliessmann


This study examined the trends in source citation in competitive persuasive speaking over a forty year time period. An analysis of twenty-four winning speeches from the Interstate Oratorical Association were examined. A number of combinations of the components of source citations were evaluated including: author only, date only, publication only, author and date only, author and publication only, date and publication only, and author, date, and publication. In addition to this evaluation, the success of each region was tracked to examine if there are correlates between source citation and success. Results indicate that, while there has been significant changes in the amount of citations in these speeches, it does not necessarily equate to success. (Four tables of data are included; 58 references are attached.)

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Persuasion (Rhetoric) -- Sources
Bibliographical citations




South Dakota State University



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