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Communication 101

Library information and resources for CMN 101 classes.

Round 3: Informative Speech

Get Started Finding a Current Topic or Issue

Use the UGL's Subject Research Guides to find an A-Z list of current and popular research topics. The guide for each topic includes links to recommended databases and background information sources, among other things.

CQ Researcher can be a good starting point for exploring topics. Enter your topic idea into the search box. 

Use the infographics below to learn more about other places to find topic ideas as well as an explanation of what kind of sources you can expect to find on a topic depending on how recent it is. 

Where to Find a Current Topic or Issue: INFOGRAPHIC

Where to Find a Topic (Accessible View)

News Sources

Databases & Background Information

Professional Sources

Other Sources for Current Topics