Public Speaking Research Guide - LSC-North Harris
1. Think about your topic and what are you trying to answer.
Current Issues: Think of topics that will interest you and your audience. In your research, gather the facts about your topic (who, what, when, where, how).
Informative Speech: Research one of the most Beautiful Places in the World. In your research, gather the facts about your topic (where it is located, how it became recognized, when, why it is described as most).
Persuasive Speech: Select a topic that is important to you. Be sure that you hold a position regarding the topic. In your research, gather the facts about your topic (who, what, when, where, how).
2. Identify the keywords that best represent your idea, think of
|Topic||Synonyms/Related Terms||Narrow Terms|
|plastic surgery||cosmetic surgery||laser eye surgery, Lasik|
|censorship||first amendment||music lyrics, video games, Internet|
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General Academic Resources
Current Events Speech
Health or Medical Topics
Informative Speech (Festivals, Beautiful Castles, Inventions, Engineering Achievements)
Library Catalog Video Tutorials
Persuasion Speech on Social or Political Topics
APA Citation Guides
Formatting a Research Paper in Microsoft Word