Finding Topics for Papers and Speeches
The following sources may be helpful in either choosing a topic or
in finding general information for a research paper or speech.
As with any Internet resource, the sites listed below are going to present
information from different points of view, such as conservative, liberal,
or religious. Be sure to look at the "About" page provided
on most sites to determine the point of view or bias of the site or organization.
Information on the Net: Hot Paper Topics (St. Ambrose
A selection of current and/or controversial topics and links to resources
Brookings Institution: Research Topics
Brookings Institution: Policy Briefs
Brookings Policy Briefs provide timely short, and informative analysis
that bring background and recommendations on current issues to policymakers,
journalists, and the general public.
Research Service Reports
Congressional reports on environmental topics.
- Hot Topics Series
Comprehensive information on current issues with an overview of the
subject, key citations with abstracts, and links to web sites.
Highlights news stories and links to articles written in alternative
publications. May be a great sit to generate a current-issue topic.
Constitutional Law Center: Hot Topics
Launched in September 2000, this is "the only official U.S. Government
portal to 30 million pages of government information, services, and
online transactions. Our site offers a powerful search engine that
searches every word of every U.S. government document. - - "About" page
PBS series devoted to in-depth reporting of controversial and political
Essay Topics (Glendale Community College, AZ)
Center: Social Issues
TOPICS - scroll down to Hot Topics on the Web (San Diego
Topics (University of Louisville)
Find reports on policy issues by subject.
Maintained by Project Vote Smart. Seeks to inform citizens with "factual,
relevant, independent information."
and Causes (YAHOO)
Librarians' Index to the Internet
A searchable, annotated subject directory with more than 12,000 web
and Term Paper Topics (BMCC Library, NY Community College)
Awareness Network: Media Issues
Covers media issues such as Media Violence, Media Stereotyping, Online
Hate, and Information Privacy.
Reference Sources: Current Topics & Events (Montgomery
National issues with pros/cons with links to some articles and other
relevant websites. Includes historical data and statistics.
Index: The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Broadcasts
Look for a very handy list of topics on the left side of the page.
A listing of over 5400 newspapers around the world.
Paper Topics (Northwest Missouri State University)
Page is designed for students writing position or persuasive papers.
ONLINE NEWSHOUR: ONLINE BACKGROUNDERS
Political Issues & Debates
Left, right, libertarian, radical ideologies and issues along with
such topics as abortion, affirmative action, budget & taxes,
campaign & plitical reform, .........
PUBLIC AGENDA ONLINE
Great source for colorful charts and quick facts. Only covers 19
topics such as abortion, crime and immigration issues.
Tolerance Organization - Currently Active Conflicts
Hot Topics (Saint
Mary's College of California Library)
Choose "Research" from the menu on the left of the screen, then click
the "Hot Topics" link.
In the Headlines
Topics include racism, sexism, civil rights, affirmative action,
gender studies, interpersonal relationships, violence.
Showcases leading research, opinions and events shaping public policy
on dozens of issues including education, the environment, technology,