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Great for informative speeches! Features encyclopedia and other references sources - a good starting point for getting background information and a big-picture overview of your topic. /on-campus-only link
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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Great for persuasive speeches! Current event & social issue articles, facts & viewpoints.

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CQ Researcher

Analysis of many current & controversial topics. Features objective analysis, statistics, as well as pro/con perspectives and timelines. / on-campus-only link
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SIRS Issues Researcher

Good for informative or persuasive speeches on contemporary social issues. Magazines, journals, newspapers, speeches, and more. / on-campus-only link

Gale Ebooks: Virtual Reference Library

Great for informative speeches! Online reference books and encyclopedias to give you a quick overview on your topic before you take a deep dive into research / on-campus-only link

Greenhaven eBooks

Great for persuasive speeches! Features eBooks that focus on an important social issue and break that issue down into smaller sub-topics, opinions (pro/con), facts, and analysis.

Watch Films - Speech

Films on Demand - Public Speaking

Speeches - Academic Video Online (AVON)

Streaming video from well-known producers like PBS, BBC, History, plus extensive archival footage.

Kanopy - Media and Communication

Documentaries and feature films about media and communication topics.

Choosing a topic for your speech

Picking Your Topic is Research!

Browse these high-quality web resources for speech topic ideas

  • 401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing | New York Times Learning Network
  • | Reliable, nonpartisan analyses of controversial issues, sponsored by Encyclopedia Britannica
  • | Nonpartisan project aimed at reducing deception and confusion in U.S. politics, sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Pew Research Center | Nonpartisan think tank which specializes in public opinion polling and demographic research.

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