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Subject Guide for Rhetoric

The subject guide presents a selection of resources within the subject of Rhetoric. The site refers to reference works and journals within the subject as well as databases that index resources within classical rhetoric as well as communication and mass media. You are welcome to contact the library if you have questions about the use of the resources or suggestions to additional information on the page.

Reference Works

  • Encyclopedia of Rhetoric
    Online edition (2009) of the reference work with the same name, ed. by Thomas O. Sloane (2001).
    Comprehensive survey of the discipline - 150 entries / articles concerning debate, feminist rhetoric, speech etc. The reference work is part of:
  • Oxford Reference
    E-books database from Oxford University Press within practically all fields – you may find results that range from short-entry, general reference to more in-depth articles on specialized subjects.
  • Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric
    Online reference work of rhetoric, edited by Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University. Alphabetical entries on the right side of the page and systematic entries, as a tree structure, on the left side of the page.
  • New Pauly Online
    New Pauly Online contains both Brill’s New Pauly and Der Neue Pauly. It is a reference work that covers the classical ancient history from the earliest Aegean cultures to the late antiquity (2nd millennium B.C. to about 600-800 A.D.). It contains articles about people, places, events, objects, art, literature, etc.
  • Medie- og Kommunikationsleksikon
    Digitized descriptions of central concepts in media theory and communication (in Danish).
  • Lex.dk
    Danish website for communication of research results to the public. Includes:
  • Den Store Danske
    Danish comprehensive general encyclopedia; many articles concerning specific Danish matters (in Danish).


  • Communication & Mass Media Complete - CMMC.
    The database consists of two joined bibliographies: CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index. It also includes a number of full-text journals within the subject of communication and mass media. CMMC is directed at communication and media researchers within all subjects. At the moment, about 600 journals are being indexed. Access is granted to the full text of about half of those. There are about 30 journals specifically about rhetoric. 1915-.
  • Bibliotek.dk
    National bibliography of all publications in Denmark dating back to 1841. Also contains catalogues of all Danish libraries (public and academic libraries).
  • Danish National Research Database
    Bibliographical database with references to Danish research publications from primarily Danish universities, but also from other higher educational establishments, sector research institutions, research councils etc. Search results can be sorted by scientific level. The database is continuously updated and is the best covering collection of Danish research on all subjects.
  • MLA International Bibliography References to articles and books in comparative literature and linguistics. MLA is one of the leading international bibliographies. More  than 80 journals about rhetoric and argumentation are being indexed in MLA.

Printed Reference Works

Article Databases

  • Article search (Bibliotek.dk)
    This Danish article database is a part of bibliotek.dk. Brings references to articles and reviews mainly from Danish publications and newspapers from 1945- (reviews from 1990-) There is only full-text access to articles from e-publications.
  • Project Muse
    Journal database with full-text access to high quality journals within the humanities and social science. The database provides access to the most recent issues and often back issues as well.
  • ProQuest Research Library
    Multidisciplinary journal database indexing approximately 5.000 journals, containing more than 3.500 full text journals.

Part of:

  • ProQuest
    Collection of databases that covers a wide variety of subjects within the scope of humanities, social studies, science, and medicine. It is possible to search across all of these – or to limit the search to e.g. ‘Arts’ or ‘Social sciences’.
  • Scopus
    This is the largest database of abstracts and citations from peer-reviewed literature, covering scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings. It covers a large number of international journals within the social and natural sciences but is also relevant for studies in the humanities and information/media. Many of the articles are provided in full text. All abstracts and keywords are in English, regardless of the original language of the article. The entries contain references and citations. Dating from 1966 and forward.
    Journal database with full-text access to the leading academic journals within all subject areas.
    NB! It is usually not possible to gain access to the most recent five volumes, but it is possible to access publications before that.
  • Web of Science
    Multidisciplinary database of high academic quality.

    • Social Sciences Citation Index and/or
    • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
      on the bottom of the front page under “More settings”


The parentheses show in which bibliographies/databases the journals are included:

Newspaper and media

  • Infomedia
    InfoMedia is a large newspaper database with full-text access to a number of Danish newspapers, nationwide as well as local weekly newspapers, newsletters and magazines. The articles date back to around 1990.
  • Kulturmonitor
    Kulturmonitor is a digital news media which covers the news, the debates and the analyses within the area of film, performing arts, art, music, literature and cultural politics. Published by Monitormedier A/S.
  • Mediestream
    Available in English. Mediestream provides radio- and TV-programs from selected Danish channels since December 2005.
    Mediestream is continuously updated with the most recent radio and TV, however with a delay of about two weeks. Broadcasts sent before December 2005 can be found on DVD through the library.
  • Altinget
    Online newspaper regarding Danish politics – news, backgrounds, analyses, and portraits. Also includes polls, press announcements, and other news from the Danish Parliament.


  • Ebook Central
    Multidisciplinary e-book. The works are predominantly in English and are published in from well established English and American publishing houses. The database is frequently updated with new titles, but titles can also be removed.
    Systematic search: Use “Browse subject” - choose Literature and Language - including Language/Linguistics - Language arts & disciplines / rhetoric.
    Or search directly for keywords.
  • Loeb Classical Library
    The database gives access to the classical literature in Greek and Latin. The texts are printed in the original language and offers a parallel English translation.


  • LARM.fm
    The site gives all Danish researchers and students access to Danish radio programs from 1931 and up until today.



Special Collections

  • Netarkivet
    A collection of Danish webpages which have been collected, preserved, and made available for researchers since the legal deposit law of 2005.

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