What interests you? Are you into anime, hiking, geology, video games, Italian cuisine...? Choose a topic that you will enjoy learning, or learning more, about. After all, you have to speak about this topic to your entire class and genuine interest shows!
Once you choose a topic, you may need to narrow it down. If your topic is too broad, it may prove difficult to outline your speech because you will be overloaded with too much irrelevant information when researching.
With a specific topic in mind, you are ready to start gathering the factual information you need to either inform or persuade.
This databases allows you to explore areas of interest by subject. The brief entries in many of the reference works in this collection can help with learning enough about an unfamiliar topic to narrow it down, or to just explore something new.
Oxford Reference Online consists of a wealth of facts, figures, definitions, and translations found in dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.
This collection of SAGE reference works has an array of subject areas within the social science fields. You can search by the type of resource, such as "encyclopedias", to ensure your results will contain the type of information you need.
A gateway to those SAGE reference publications (encyclopedias and handbooks) Penn State has acquired.