Ask yourself the following questions about your topic to make sure you've picked a topic that will keep both yourself and your audience engaged. If you can answer yes to all the questions, you're ready to start gathering sources.
Deciding on a topic can be one of the toughest parts of preparing a speech. The resources on this page can help start the brainstorming process. You can also look for background information in the books or article databases mentioned in this guide - just click on the "Finding Books" or "Finding Articles" tabs at the top of the page.
The ULS has a number of books from the Opposing Viewpoints and Taking Sides series that can assist you in determining topics for a persuasive or informative speech. We have quite a few at Owen Library, but it's easy to get books from other campus libraries too. Search "opposing viewpoints" or "taking sides" in PITTCat+ and click Get it! for books at other ULS libraries.
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