Choose a topic of interest and that fits your speech assignment. It can be very difficult to speak about an uninteresting topic. Be compelled by your topic!
Start with background information that can be found via Google Searches, Wikipedia and other easy searches. Use these searches to create lists of keywords, organizations, historic events, legislation and other information.
Formulate your research question and write it down. Let's use the example: "What are the advantages and disadvantages of driving a hybrid car?"
Break your research question into key concepts looking for the "who, what, where, why, and how" For example, we've broken down parts:
Consider synonyms. For example, you could use global warming, climate change, or greenhouse effect
Before using any of the great Library Databases, start by doing a simple Google or Wikipedia search for more information. Often these free resources can supplement the keywords you have already brainstormed.
Too Many Results? Try Narrowing Your Search by:
Not Enough Results? Try Expanding Your Search by: