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CMST 220 Public Speaking

This guide is to help you find good topics and evidence for your Informative or Persuasive/Position speeches in CMST& 220: Public Speaking.

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Good for "informational" statistics

  • Examples: cost or value of businesses or issues; health statistics; population statistics; education statistics; safety statistics; environmental statistics...
  • Try it out: Search your main topic keyword and "statistics" (Example: '"U.S. renters" statistics')
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What it covers:

Pew Research Center provides data-driven reports and non-partisan public polling for social issues in the United States and (to a more limited extent) internationally:

(click on the image to see the full example report)

screenshot of a pew research report on a 15% enrollment drop of international students in 2020-21

How to find it:

In order to see the different categories and world regions Pew has produced reports on, choose "Research Topics" near the top of the screen:

  1. Choose the Research Topics tab
  2. You can filter reports by topic theme, or
  3. geographical region.

(click on the image to expand)

screenshot of Pew topic menu options

International Statistics

Locating international statistics online

Linked below are a list of websites where you can locate statistics on various topics.