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Speech Communication: Find a topic

This study guide provides options to start the research process of finding resources for a speech presentation.

Web sites: Finding topics

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  

Deciding on a Topic

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.

Video presentation in CC

Library Online Reference Resources for Informative / Persuasive Speech Topics