New dictionary words as your research paper topic

In late spring, Merriam-Webster announced the new words it will add to the 2014 edition of its dictionary. New words are often influenced by technology, politics, economics and pop culture. College students, not only the English major, linguistics major or journalism major, can have fun analyzing the new words for their origins, dictionary definition versus everyday usage, pertinence and persistence in the English language.

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Here are some of the new additions to the new Merriam-Webster dictionary, an explanation of how words are chosen for dictionaries and an f-bomb!

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The good and bad of online gaming for your research paper

Online gaming is just some harmless fun, a way to pass the time or hang with friends. Right? Unfortunately, for some, Internet game addiction has taken a darker turn as shown in an upcoming HBO documentary—“Love Child.”

The consequences and dangers of online gaming can result in tragedy. (Credit: Jamaal Ryan)

The consequences and dangers of online gaming can result in tragedy. (Credit: Jamaal Ryan)

Exploring the tragic consequences and dangers of online gaming for one young, South Korean couple and their baby, the “Love Child” documentary will no doubt contribute to society’s ongoing discussion of how technology is changing us for the good and for the bad. A thorough discussion on addiction and substance abuse in general can also contribute to a great research paper topic.

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Research topics on government types and issues outside the U.S.

How much could the human condition improve if we only understood each other better? The study of different types of governments could be a good start to increasing our understanding of our foreign neighbors. Government issues such as income inequality and the minimum wage, national debt and climate change affect us all.

A collection of 195 national flags representing many different government types. (Credit: ACME Squares)

A collection of 195 national flags representing many different government types. (Credit: ACME Squares)

How do different governments handle these issues? If you have an interest in broadening your understanding of other countries let’s look at some research paper topics and resources to help you craft your next paper on foreign governments.

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‘Research Methods in Education’ validates Google Consumer Surveys

I recently re-read Research Methods in Education, one of the best-selling textbooks on the topic, after using Google Consumer Surveys for the first time. This may appear to be closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, but it could also be seen as a competency-based assessment of prior learning.

Google Consumer Surveys is considered the best and most accurate market research tool available. (Credit: Dominique Romanowski)

Google Consumer Surveys is considered the best and most accurate market research tool available. (Credit: Dominique Romanowski)

Let’s just say that my re-reading of Part Two of the textbook, which covers planning educational research, seems to validate my questionnaire design, the Google Consumer Surveys sample, as well as the validity and reliability of the results.

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Read free books online: Over 5,000 titles on Questia

If you want to read free books online, there are over 5,000 public domain, classic and rare titles in the Questia library that you can read online absolutely free! Questia is the perfect research tool for students, professors, and curious minds everywhere.

Huckleberry Finn is one of numerous free books available on Questia. (Credit: SciFi Mania)

Huckleberry Finn is one of numerous free books available on Questia. (Credit: SciFi Mania)

You probably know that Questia offers subscribers full access to the world’s largest online library of books and journal articles as well as magazine and newspaper articles, but did you know that even non-subscribers can read books for free on the website?

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Medical marijuana approval on the rise

On Monday July 7, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, which allows doctors to prescribe medical marijuana under certain conditions. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Washington fulfilled voters’ wishes by opening medical marijuana dispensaries for business.

Which states will be next to legalize marijuana? (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Which states will be next to legalize marijuana? (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

In November 2012, voters in both Washington and Colorado passed legislation that legalizes marijuana for adults over the age of 21. The increase in legislation approving medical cannabis seems to be part of a growing trend among states to legalize marijuana.

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How the Facebook study became an ethics debate

Facebook’s recent study of the emotional behavior of some of its 1.3 billion users without their knowledge or consent has raised ethical concerns for academic research. When the study’s results were published in a science journal, people raised questions of privacy rights and research ethics.

The Facebook study has stirred up much controversy in terms of ethics. (Credit: Josh Constine)

The Facebook study has stirred up much controversy in terms of ethics. (Credit: Josh Constine)

“This is just the latest in a string of incidents that have raised questions about whether the privacy rights of Facebook’s nearly 1.3 billion users are being trampled by the company’s drive to dissect data and promote behavior that could help sell more online advertising,” reported the Associated Press in “Facebook Faces Inquiry over Psych Experiment: New Feed Content Manipulated for 700,000 Users” published in Daily Herald, July 3, 2014. British, Irish and French regulators are investigating the case to see if any privacy laws were violated.

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Last chance to celebrate The Cup with Questia!

What an exciting past month it has been celebrating the journey to The Cup with Questia! Now that there are two teams left to face off for The Cup, this is your LAST CHANCE to send us your photos of you cheering on your favorite football team.

Show us your team pride!

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What has become of antibiotic drugs

You catch a bug, head to the doctor, they hook you up with an antibiotic and you go on your merry way. Right? Well, the latest news in health and medicine says we may have been overdoing it, and, in the process, creating diseases with antibiotic resistance. So how to prevent antibiotic resistance from getting worse?

People have been overdoing it with antibiotics, which can result in antibiotic resistance. (Credit: Amanda Kahler)

People have been overdoing it with antibiotics, which can result in antibiotic resistance. (Credit: Amanda Kahler)

There haven’t been any new antibiotic drugs created by the pharmaceutical industry in recent years nor any on the horizon, leaving doctors stumped and more and more people worried.

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The fight to overturn Proposition 8 in California

“The Case Against 8” is an HBO documentary that takes an in-depth look at the federal lawsuit to overturn California Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages. Five years in the making, the film shows the behind-the-scenes workings of a legal team dedicated to restoring the right to marriage for all Californians.

A behind-the-scenes view of the fight against California Proposition 8 is shown in "The Case Against 8." (Credit: Flixster)

A behind-the-scenes view of the fight against California Proposition 8 is shown in “The Case Against 8.” (Credit: Flixster)

Currently running on HBO, “The Case Against 8” has won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Audience award since its opening on June 6, 2014.

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