- OWL (Online Writing Lab at Purdue): The Purdue OWL includes helpful information on citation in both MLA and APA formats, as well as tips on writing in the social sciences, literary analysis and criticism, and general academic writing.
- Silva Rhetoricae (The Forest of Rhetoric): Guide to the terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric. Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest (the big picture) of rhetoric because of the trees (the hundreds of Greek and Latin terms naming figures of speech, etc.) within rhetoric.
- Overview of Communication Theories: Great database maintained by University of Twente Enschede - The Netherlands.
- American Rhetoric: Online speech bank and rhetorical figures in sound.
- Gifts of Speech: Women's speeches from around the world. So many of the great speech web sites focus on the great speeches given by men. This web site, sponsored by Sweet Briar College, is dedicated to preserving and creating access to speeches by influential and inspirational women from around the world.
- Online Communication Studies Resources: Sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Includes resources in media, culture, rhetorical studies, virtual reality, nonverbal communication, advertising, and visual communication - just for a start!
- Communication Theory Resources: Put together by Martin Ryder at the University of Colorado at Denver. Includes concepts and names related to communication theory.
- Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920: Over 9,000 images relating to early history of advertising in the United States. Housed at Duke University.
- Communication Currents. An online web magazine of the National Communication Association featuring recently-published research in communication journals in a form understandable and usable for broad audiences.
Remember: Librarians Are Your Friends
If you need help finding something, ask a professional librarian. Sometimes you don't know which database to consult or which book to find because you're unaware of what's available. Ask for help, even if you think you've got it covered.
Visit the Office of Life Planning
If you hear people talking about their J-Ness or their introversion, and you have no idea if they're talking horoscopes, food allergies, or DNA profiles -- make an appointment to talk with someone in the life planning office. Ask to take the various personality and interest tests they have available. These resources might help you pinpoint potential career choices. If nothing else, at least you will be able to discuss just how your RA is sooo not a P.
The Counseling Center
Sometimes school is overwhelming. Heck, sometimes life is overwhelming. If you find yourself feeling particularly stressed by your coursework or roommates, or if you are trying your level best to cope with your parents' divorce and your financial worries -- please make an appointment to see someone at the Westmont Counseling Center. They do a good job there, and many students find the counselors helpful. You don't have to go it alone.
Check Out the Off Campus Programs Office
You can do this online or in person. Between the Westmont programs and the CCCU schools, you are sure to find a program of interest. Also see the "Opportunities" page on this site.
If you want to have a substantive conversation about your coursework, where you're headed professionally and academically, and how to spend two semesters off campus while still completing the major and two minors -- talk with your academic advisor. It's best to avoid the "rush" times -- like the start of the school year, the week before registration, and finals. Ideally, you should come prepared with your proposed courses, a list of your interests, and your up-to-date transcripts.
Westmont exists to help you find answers and ask even better questions. Ask when you need help. We cannot help you if we don't know what you need!