COMM 111 Vinelli: Developing Your Topic

Background Information

Specialized encyclopedias like those contained in the library databases mentioned below can be invaluable for exploring a topic.  In order to inform your listener about a topic, you must understand it yourself. Books and encyclopedias can help fill in any gaps in your own knowledge about your topic. Remember, encyclopedias are designed to give neutral background information.  

"Hot Topics" Library Databases

The databases below also provide background essays on current issues, as well as magazine and newspaper articles. If you are looking for a topic idea for your speech, browse the topics in these databases. The Opposing Viewpoints database is also a good source for "viewpoint" essays on specific topics. Viewpoint essays are usually written by experts in the field, and argue in support of a one side of an issue. These can be useful for your argumentative speech.