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Public Speaking Research Guide


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Hannah Menendez
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General Speech Topics - General Resources

Controversial & Current Issues Speech Topics

Speeches can be written on any topic.  However, many speeches focus on controversial or current issues.  The following databases and series of books are particularly helpful for these types of topics.

General Speech Topics - Subject Encyclopedias

It is often necessary to research a topic in order to have enough information to write a speech about it. The following sources provide introductory, background, or statistical information on many topics and serve as good starting points for developing speeches.


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