COMM 111 Arakaki Summer 2021: 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. Remember, you are informing, not persuading!