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Public Speaking - COMM 2045: Persuasive Speech

Finding a Controversial Topic

These resources will help you identify your speech topic and provide evidence to back up your main points.

Primary Sources

Primary sources are required for this assignment, be sure to review the Primary Source Information page in this guide.

Researching Your Arguments

See the How to Research guide for tutorial help on conducting research for assignments. The Articles and Resources page in this guide has more resources for credible sources and data for research and to support arguments.

Databases like Opposing Viewpoints In Context and SIRS Knowledge Source are both great starting points for speech topics and excellent resources for demonstrating and addressing the opposing points of view.

Logical Fallacies

The speech must be free of logical fallacies! Logic and reasoning must be solid.

Designing a Persuasive Speech Outline

The following YouTube tutorial walks you through the process of formatting your outline, explaining the reasons for this format and explaining the selection of sources to make key points (length 9:04).