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Fundamentals of Oral Communication (29-102): Choose a topic

Places to look for topic ideas

Many times a research project might span anywhere from several weeks to an entire semester. If your professor hasn’t assigned a topic, choose a topic that will hold your interest and that you would already like to know more about. Your textbook, course materials, notes, and class discussions might provide topic ideas.

Topics in magazines/newspapers

Magazines are a great place to locate current and controversial issues in the news. Browse through print editions of popular magazines online. You can also view the magazines’ homepages to gain ideas from current feature articles. Sample magazines include:

Newspapers can provide ideas for local or regional topics. Editorials within the newspaper can also provide ideas for point-of-view research. Browse through print editions of newspapers online.  Sample newspapers  and newspaper-link sites to browse online include:

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