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Communicating Effectively: Choosing a Topic

This Research Guide is for students taking the course "Communicating Effectively."

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Generating Ideas

Choosing a Topic

When thinking about a topic, consider these questions:

  • What are you passionate about?
  • What organizations have you been involved in?
  • What kinds of issues have affected you or people you care about?
  • What issues interest you that have been in the news lately?
  • What issues do you think your audience needs to understand or value more?

Then generate ideas. Spend some time brainstorming. Which topics are worthy of your time and your audience's time? Why is your topic significant?

Opposing Viewpints, CQ Researcher, and NBC Learn are all great resources to use to find topic ideas.

Topic Generator

Browse these Databases for Topic Ideas

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Opposing Viewpoints

A collection of full text articles about current issues and events. Each topic is presented with points of view (pros and cons) from each side of the issue.

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CQ Researcher

In-depth analysis about current and controversial issues, including viewpoints from different sides of each issue.

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NBC Learn Higher Ed

Current and historical news videos from NBC. Dates of Coverage: 1930s - Current