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Communicating Effectively: Choosing a Topic

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

Generating Ideas

Choosing a Topic

When choosing a topic, choose something that interests you. Here are some questions to consider when picking a topic:

  • 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 U.S. Major Dailies are all great resources to use to find topic ideas.

Topic Generator

Database Best Bets

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Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Articles about current issues and events. Each topic is presented with points of view (pros and cons) from each side of the issue. Coverage dates: 1995 - present

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CQ Researcher

In-depth analysis about current and controversial issues, including viewpoints from different sides of each issue. Coverage dates: 1923 - present

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U.S. Major Dailies

Key national newspapers, same day coverage. Content available by 8am each day. Images not included. Coverage dates: 1985 - present

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