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A guide to help you identify good speech topics and find quality, appropriate resources for them.
Last Updated: Jan 6, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This guide presents some of the most useful library resources available at Bethel College for researching and writing speeches.  It is only a starting place; if you need more and/or different sources, contact Gail Stucky for help.

Sample speeches

The link below sends you to video of excellent, competitive speeches, including persuasive and informative.

The speakers you can watch were all finalists at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament in 2007 and 2008.

AFA Finalists


Topic ideas from CQ Researcher

Although the College Library does not subscribe to CQ Researcher, its "hot topics" page may provide you with ideas and preliminary sources for persuasive speeches.

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Topic ideas


Credo Reference

Credo Reference often has "Topic Pages" on important areas of study.  They can provide you with not only background information but speech ideas as well.

This box will search all of your Credo Reference titles.

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Gail Niles Stucky
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