Start by thinking about a topic that interests you. Have you heard about something in the news recently, like gerrymandering or cyberbullying, that you would like to know more about? Are you passionate about the environment and want to know more about preventing plastic pollution? Do you enjoy hunting and fishing? How could you use a topic related to those hobbies?
The HCC Library has tons of books on current issues topics, from bitcoin to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to bullying. Some books, particularly those in the Current Controversies series, provide essays on both sides of an issue. If you can get to the library, using one or two books will save you a lot of time and often give you much better information that you would find through Google.
Many of the databases in NCLIVE, like CQ Researcher and SIRS Issues Researcher, that provide information on current issues include lists of topics to help you get an idea of what you'd like to research. Here are some ideas for topics:
Databases in NCLIVE contain high quality information than what you can find through a Google search. Better information will help you make better arguments and get better grades. Try these first:
If you feel like you still need more sources, check out the NCLIVE Current Issues page
Make sure when writing your current issues speech or essay to use other people's ideas appropriately. If you paraphrase someone's words, summarize their ideas, or quote them directly, make sure to cite using the appropriate style. Most instructors at HCC use MLA style (MLA cheat sheet) or APA style (APA cheat sheet). For an overview of plagiarism and how not to do it, see the Plagiarism guide.