Welcome to the Public Speaking Library Resource Guide.
This guide is intended to guide you through the process of conducting research to prepare informative and persuasive speeches and debates.
The topic you select will depend on the purpose of your speech. For example, you might need to:
Some good sources for topic ideas include textbooks, newspapers, magazines, and other news sources.
Databases such as CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints, Points of View, and Issues & Controversies are browsable by topic, in addition to being good places to begin gathering information. (Click on any of these links to open in a second tab).
Regardless of the final project, incorporating information from reliable sources will help make your speech stronger, more interesting, and more credible. The reference sources, periodicals, and web resources suggested in this guide are good places to gather research.