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Persuasive Paper/Speech Assignment
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Before choosing a topic, make sure you understand your assignment and what your instructor is asking for. If you have questions, make sure to ask your instructor for clarification.
- Choose a subject area that interests you and that will interest your audience.
- Choose a topic that is current or highly debated by academics or other writers/presenters.
You can find your "starter source" from the following databases and websites below:
CQ Researcher: Browse Reports By Topic
Browse the list of reports by topic to see all the reports related to health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy in America
Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Covers current social issues. Includes viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
NY Times: Room for Debate
In Room for Debate, The Times invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss news events and other timely issues. Reader comments are moderated Monday through Friday.
Films on Demand
Films on Demand is a streaming video platform offering a robust collection of streaming videos for educational use. In addition to a core collection of content from educational video producer Films Media Group, Films on Demand streams content from a growing list of quality documentary sources. For help in using some of the more advanced features of this product, such as building playlists and sharing, contact a librarian.
A nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED's agenda is to "make great ideas accessible and spark conversation."
Public Radio - NPR.org
National Public Radio will offer high quality, current, in depth content.