Find lists of great research paper topics, and basic information on them from the library databases and web resources:
Use these resources to choose a topic to select from. You can also use the library databases on the right to choose a topic from and start your research from there.
ProCon.org: Understand the issues. Understand each other
A leading source for pro con issues with a non-partisan approach, which has a mission of "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format."
401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing
401 ideas to write your speech on..Learning Network, Teaching and Learning with the New York Times. (https://www.nytimes.com/section/learning)
509 Informative Speech Ideas and Topics
A site with "hundreds of topics for informative speeches and essays".
Major Types of Informative Speeches
Writing guide from the Writing Studio at Colorado State University
Topic Selection Helper
A list to help pick a topic from, put together by University of Hawai`i Maui Community College Speech Department
A YouTube video presentation on starting with a research project, presented by NCSU
Develop a Research Question that Works
A YouTube video showing the whole process of doing research - step by step. Presented by University of Cincinnati Libraries.