Controversial issues make excellent topics for papers and speeches, but can often be tricky to research. In order to get to the truth you need to be a smart researcher! You can use the tabs above to find articles, books, websites, and more about many different controversial issues. If you have any questions or comments about this guide, please contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The topics below are often used for persuasive speeches and essays. They tend to be very complex topics with facts that lend themselves nicely to pro/con organization, but also can be framed strategically to support a variety of different conclusions. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but rather serve as an example to illustrate the types of topics that fall into the 'controversial issues' category. In fact, some instructors restrict students from researching these very topics because they are too broad, excessively complex, or overused. The best way to settle on a topic is to browse newspaper or news site headlines and/or entries in reference sources about things that interest you and see where that leads you.
Start your research by looking at the lists of popular topics (in the box below and to the left) and current headlines in the box below. These lists may help you select or narrow down your topic.
Then, continue your research by clicking on the blue tabs above:
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