Joseph M Yeatts
Purpose: This worksheet is meant to serve as a guide to help you identify and research a speech topic. You should use it in conjunction with the LibGuide (LG) for this class (see URL above) to work on your assignment.
1. FINDING A TOPIC:
If you are struggling to identify a topic, go to the “Develop Your Topic” tab in the LG and check the links for Topic Ideas. Also watch the CLIP tutorial on elements of your research (Be sure to turn on your audio, then press the green “play” arrow; you need to advance the tutorial manually after each slide).
Now, write down your main topic idea and anything that comes to mind related to that idea: (Example: Olympicscompetition, patriotism, intercultural communication, international relations, injuries, local economy, tourism, politics, diplomacy, terrorism, fandom, …) The health threats of Fast Food> Mcdonaldlization, junk food, convenience food, pre-cooked food, processed, prepackaged, preservatives, frozen food, dehydrated Topic Examples: “The Role of the Olympics in Today’s World” (informative) OR “Squash should be added to the Olympics” (persuasive)
2. IDENTIFY YOUR KEY TERMS:
Go to the “Research Strategies” tab in the LG and watch the tutorial and video on developing your key terms. You may also want to explore some of the Reference databases listed to gather more background information and see what terms researchers and others use to discuss the topic. Don’t worry if you can’t find any articles yet, you may still have to tweak your topic or explore other databases.
Now, develop a list of key terms you will use to search information resources. Example:
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