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Choosing a Topic

Communication, Journalism & Theatre Librarian

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Barbara Bishop
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Choosing a Topic: "Hot Topic" Pages

Here are some places to go for ideas in both our databases and on websites.

 

Tip: Although the databases Opposing Viewpoints, Points of View Reference Center  and the websites Debatebase and Pros & Cons are best for persuasive topics, you may be able to use them for informative topics.

Databases

Web Sites

ProCon.org Feed

Some ideas for persuasive topics

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@HistoryInPics

Snopes.com (Rumor Has it)

Snopes.com (Rumor Has it) -- New Urban Legends can be used to either validate or debunk Internet rumors, e-mail forwards, and other stories of suspect origin.

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World News

World News is a subreddit on Reddit.com whose goal "is for major news from around the world except US-internal news / US politics."

Remember, like all things created by a social community where authority can be questioned, use this to get ideas for your project not as a source.

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AskScience: Got Questions? Get Answers

Ask Science is a subreddit on Reddit.com whose goal "...is the promotion of scientific literacy by disseminating knowledge of the scientific process and its results through answering science questions".

Remember, like all things created by a social community where authority can be questioned, use this to get ideas for your project not as a source.

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Big Think Feed

Some ideas for informative topics

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Chronicling America

Check out the entries marked "100 YEARS AGO" or "Topics in Chonicling America"  to spark ideas for your informative topic ideas.

If history's not your thing, could these topics be updated?

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