How to research ethics in communication (Hint: with integrity)

Social and ethical issues in journalism and other communications, such as public relations, business communications and information science, are good research paper topics for your ethics term paper.

Rupert Murdoch Getting Schooled In Journalism Ethics. (Credit: Rob Tornoe)

Rupert Murdoch Getting Schooled In Journalism Ethics. (Credit: Rob Tornoe)

Here are some debates and issues of ethics in journalism you can discuss and a list of databases and resources for more research.

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Choosing good research paper topics in criminology

Whether you’re taking a course to fulfill a sociology requirement or you’re truly interested in social justice issues, you need to choose a research paper theme for your course in criminology and crime. Do you want to look at the legal aspects of the topic, or pick something that relates more directly to current news topics, such as covering school shootings, racial profiling, or police brutality?

There are many aspects to studying criminology. (Credit: ATI.com)

There are many aspects to studying criminology. (Credit: ATI.com)

Once you’ve selected a topic, where do you go for good online resources? Read on for some tips for college students on finding good research paper topics in criminology.

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Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Academic Journals, Oh My!

Are the terms scholarly journals, peer reviewed journals, and academic journals synonyms? Or, are they as different as lions and tigers and bears?

Scholarly, peer reviewed and academic journals aren't too different from three well-known characters from The Wizard of Oz. (Credit: Saku Takakusaki)

Scholarly, peer reviewed and academic journals aren’t too different from three well-known characters from The Wizard of Oz. (Credit: Saku Takakusaki)

Frankly, I think the three terms are distinctions without a difference. All of these periodicals typically publish scholarly, peer reviewed, and academic articles. Or, should I say that all of these publications generally serve as forums for the introduction and presentation for scrutiny of new research, as well as the critique of existing research?

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AIDS and HIV: Health education research topics

Other than finding a cure for cancer, curing AIDS might just be the holy grail of medicine. But doctors are loath to speculate on when a real solution, such as an AIDS vaccine, might be developed.

Educating each other on AIDS and HIV is a start to help eliminate it. (Credit: Youthincharge.com)

Educating each other on AIDS and HIV is a start to help eliminate it. (Credit: Youthincharge.com)

Over the past 30 years, much progress has been made on managing HIV, but eliminating AIDS and HIV is years away at best, if a cure is even possible. For your next research paper in health education, a good topic to cover would be on the prevention and management of AIDS and HIV.

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Online courses: What college students should know

Sitting in classrooms for four years is no longer the only way to get a college education. Use of online courses has exploded in recent years. According to a report by the Babson Survey Research Group, Pearson Education and the Sloan Consortium, about one in three college students takes at least one online course, up from one in ten in 2002, and online enrollments grew 9 percent from 2010 to 2011.

With online courses, you can attend class anywhere. (Credit: GreatDegree.com)

With online courses, you can attend class anywhere. (Credit: GreatDegree.com)

The explosion of online courses

Higher education has entered the digital age with a bang. The University of Phoenix may be the best known school to offer off-site and online degrees, but other schools are quickly joining it.

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“Australia” as your evolution research paper topic

The PBS Nova series “Áustralia,” which began with “Australia: First 4 Billion Years” continues on Wednesday July 23, 2014, with “Life Explodes.” This episode explores how the fossil record shows the emergence of life from the sea to dry land. Of all the continents on earth, none has preserved the story of life’s emergence on earth as Australia has. All across the continent one can find fossils that show its history; there is a story of survival in every rock, hill and mountain.

"Australia" is a PBS series that shows how life emerged from the sea. (Credit: blogs.weta.org)

“Australia” is a PBS series that shows how life emerged from the sea. (Credit: blogs.weta.org)

Not all of “Australia” is set to cover prehistoric sea creatures and the Paleozoic era. Future episodes in the series are slated to focus on the world of large reptiles and the trajectory of evolution after massive extinction. Read on for more about the series’ launch, and consider some of these ideas as possible topics for research papers in geology or paleontology.

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Research paper topic ideas on economic history

Looking for good ideas for a research paper on economic history? Whether you are writing for a business class or an economics course, here are just a few of the good research paper topics you can explore: economic systems, classic economic thinkers such as Keynes and Marx or economic theories such as supply side economics.

Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and Karl Marx are very well known subjects in economic history. (Credit: charly_vx)

Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and Karl Marx are very well known subjects in economic history. (Credit: charly_vx)

The main economic systems

One starting point for research paper topics in the area of economic history would be covering the primary economic systems.

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The Practice of Management by Peter F. Drucker (1954)

The Practice of Management by Peter F. Drucker was the first book to look at management as a whole and being a manager as a separate responsibility. A classic since its publication in 1954, The Practice of Management created the discipline of modern management practices. Readable, fundamental, and basic, it remains an essential book for students, aspiring managers, and seasoned professionals.

An excerpt from 'The Practice of Management' by Peter F. Drucker. (Credit: Luke MacKay)

An excerpt from ‘The Practice of Management’ by Peter F. Drucker. (Credit: Luke MacKay)

This is a practical book, written out of many years of experience in working with managements of small, medium and large corporations. It aims to be a management guide, enabling readers to examine their own work and performance, to diagnose their weaknesses and to improve their own effectiveness as well as the results of the enterprise they are responsible for.

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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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