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First Amendment/Freedom of Speech

About This Guide

This guide provides information on First Amendment/Freedom of Speech issues, provides listings of potential speech topics related to the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech, and delineates databases to search for researching a freedom of speech topic.

If you need assistance with your speech preparation research, please contact me via the contact information under my picture.

-Joel Atkinson
Information Commons Librarian
 Butler University Libraries 


Definitions & Speech Topic Ideas

The following websites will help you define the issues surrounding the First Amendment and free speech and can provide speech topic ideas.


Databases to support your Speech Topic

When conducting research for a speech, the following databases will lead you to both popular and scholarly information on topics.

WorldCat Discovery

REMEMBER:  Use WorldCat Discovery to find:

  1. Books, (ebooks, print books)
  2. Media (Streaming video, DVDs, CDs, etc.)
  3. Magazine and journals articles

Be sure to use the limiters on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow down your results!

Also, REMEMBER: Work out some of your search strategy before going online! Think about your topic. Write down key terms, concepts, titles, and the names of key people whose thinking or work is relevant to your topic. Be sure to include synonyms of key terms and concepts. Also, consider important geographic locations and time periods (i.e., geographic and chronological limiters).

InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

If you find materials in WorldCat that Butler Libraries do not own, you can obtain these through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)This is a service that enables Butler students to have access to library resources NOT OWNED by the Butler Libraries.  You make Interlibrary Loan requests directly from the catalog or a database by clicking the "Request" button.  If there is no request button, log on to your Library Account.

From your account you can:

  • submit requests (use the Requests tab)
  • check the status of your requests (under the Requests tab)
  • retrieve electronically delivered articles
  • request renewals for loaned items (in the Checkouts tab)

For all ILL questions contact Sarah Damery at 317-940-9677 or

First Amendment Books

APA Style

Go the Butler's APA Citation Style LibGuide for citation guidance:

Butler's APA Citation Style LibGuide


Email Butler University Libraries
Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937

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