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This guide provides resources to help find information for a PRO/CON argumentation speech or research paper.

Getting Started

How do you gather information when you are assigned a speech or research paper on a controversial topic? 

This guide will help you locate broad topics of interest and then help you narrow down your main topic, examine different viewpoints, find statistical information to back up your argument, and help you find journal, magazine, newspaper, and Internet sites of good authority.  By using this guide, you will be able to give or write a thoroughly researched speech or paper conveying your point of view intelligently on the controversial topic you have selected. 

Find Articles

Using the library databases will help you locate newspaper, magazine, and scholarly journal articles. 

Search for Books in the OCC Library

This search box will allow you to search the OCC Library for books. More information here.


Recommended Books on Controversial Topics

These links takes you to the books in the series that are available through the library. If you haven't determined your topic yet, this is a quick way to also look for possible topics for your paper or speech.  If you do know your topic, you can use this search and in the search bar add: AND your topic.  

Topic Ideas

Controversial Topics

  • Universal health care
  • Roe v Wade
  • Freedom of speech and social media
  • Ethics of cloning humans
  • The US military and the arms trade
  • Cultural appropriation
  • Censorship in China
  • Political corruption
  • Animal testing
  • Workplace automation
  • Internet privacy
  • Income inequality
  • Technology and police tracking
  • Military use of drones
  • Globalism vs isolationism
  • Socialism vs capitalism
  • Birthright citizenship
  • Offshore drilling
  • Domestic surveillance
  • Universal basic income
  • Foreign interference in elections
  • Police shootings
  • Effectiveness of political protests
  • Internet activism
  • Biofuels
  • Microplastics in the ocean
  • Soda tax

Need more suggestions for picking a topic? 

Take a look at the Picking a Topic research guide for information on how to choose a topic, narrowing your topic, and the initial research steps.