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Communication: Choosing a Topic

Resources for Communication coursework.

Informative Speeches

Reference sources can be great places to find information for an informative speech.  Informative speeches provide information about a topic, idea, or event to an audience without commentary, opinion, or persuasion. 

Newspaper articles can provide information about current events, local or regional news, and public opinion or trends.


Search Credo Reference for articles and entries about events, diseases, cultures/customs, or any other topic. Credo is great source for credible sources needed for an informative speech.

Persuasive Speech

A persuasive speech attempts to convince the audience to accept the speaker's point of view or proposal. These speeches take many forms, such as debates or sales pitches, and may use rhetorical appeals of ethos, pathos, or logos. There are three main types of persuasive speeches: questions of fact, questions of value, and questions of policy. Use these databases to find articles from magazines, newspapers, trade journals, or academic journals to support your persuasive speech.

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