Inauguration day facts, traditions and political protests—research paper topics

Another inauguration day occurs on January 20, 2017. During this presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., the 45th president of the United States of America will be sworn into office.

Learn more about Inauguration Day and its history. (Credit: DC By Foot)

Learn more about Inauguration Day and its history. (Credit: DC By Foot)

The history of the pomp and tradition of this occasion, as well as the political protests surrounding the event, offer many research paper topics to consider. Read more

Research paper topics on animal communication

If you own a pet, you may have wondered if animals can communicate with us. We know that they communicate with each other through body language and behaviors such as mating rituals. They use color, sounds, touch and chemicals to send messages.

Find out more about the many forms of animal communication. (Credit: Serenity Grove)

Find out more about the many forms of animal communication. (Credit: Serenity Grove)

Some believe that it’s possible to communicate with animals through telepathic communication. What other research paper topics relate to the study of animal communication? Read more

Research paper topics in transportation

Transportation covers a huge field of interest, so narrowing down a good idea for a research paper topic can be a real challenge. Are you primarily interested in mass transportation, or are you considering looking into theories of transportation planning? Other parts of transportation are aerospace, railroads, subway systems and personal vehicles.

Learn more about the many modes of transportation here. (Credit: SGS)

Learn more about the many modes of transportation here. (Credit: SGS)

While your professor is likely to narrow the focus of your paper topics for you somewhat, there’s still a wide variety of approaches you could take in aiming at a particular topic in transportation. When you’re looking for a good idea, consider getting started at Questia and head to the writing center for tutorials on choosing a paper topic. Read more

Research paper topics on capital punishment

The recent sentencing of Dylann Roof for 33 counts of federal hate crimes is likely to prompt a renewed discussion about capital punishment. The federal prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty when Roof is sentenced, as will the state of South Carolina, where Roof faces additional murder charges for the Charleston shooting that took place on June 17, 2015.

Learn more about the issue of capital punishment. (Credit: Christianity Today)

Learn more about the issue of capital punishment. (Credit: Christianity Today)

A research paper could explore how the issue of capital punishment is handled in other countries, historically and in modern times. Read more

Explore the many facets of the mind for your research paper

College students in many different majors can benefit from studying how the mind works. Subjects such as pre-med, law and education all cover many psychology research topics. But what is the mind? And what is the mind-body connection?

Learn more about the mind for your research paper. (Credit: UAB)

Learn more about the mind for your research paper. (Credit: UAB)

The field is wide open with hundreds, if not thousands of ways to explore research paper topics on the mind. Read more

Research topic: Is the new Star Wars story Rogue One a political movie?

Disney chief executive officer Bob Iger made waves when, in response to a budding boycott, he proclaimed that the new Star Wars film, Rogue One, was not a political movie. The movie centers around the efforts of a team of rebels to retrieve the plans for the superweapon, the Death Star, from the evil Galactic Empire. It is a prequel to the original Star Wars. Given the nature of two opposing governments engaged in both an idealistic and a literal battle, how could any Star Wars film not be political in some fashion?

Do you find Star Wars to be a political movie? (Credit: Twinfinite)

Do you find Star Wars to be a political movie? (Credit: Twinfinite)

For your next research paper in political science, consider looking into the ideological perspectives in Rogue One, or the elements of realism used in portraying war in the film as compared to the more fantastic elements in previous franchise installments. Read more

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As a new year begins, we want to take a look back at 2016 to see which blog posts were the top picks for our readers.

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Research paper topics on gun control, four years after Sandy Hook

It has now been four years since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since that time, the Second Amendment and the issue of gun control has been a constant topic in the news.

Learn more about gun control for your research paper. (Credit: The Federalist)

Learn more about gun control for your research paper. (Credit: The Federalist)

A multitude of research paper topics can deal with this controversial issue, from legal precedents that support the right to bear arms to mass shootings in the United States to bills that prevent research into gun violence. Read more

Research paper topics on criminal law

The penal code classifies crimes as treason, felony or misdemeanor. The fundamental distinction between felonies and misdemeanors rests with the penalty and the power of imprisonment. Some offenses, such a murder, may be subject to capital punishment, also known as the death penalty. Other offenses, such as drug cases, are subject to mandatory sentencing rules.

Learn more about criminal law for your research paper. (Credit: TSP Law)

Learn more about criminal law for your research paper. (Credit: TSP Law)

What constitutes a crime and the question of punishments encompasses many possible research paper topics. Read more

Research paper topics: Presidential inauguration

The U.S. presidential election took place in November, so why do we wait until January 20th to inaugurate the new president?

Learn more about the process of the presidential inauguration. (Credit: CenterStage)

Learn more about the process of the presidential inauguration. (Credit: CenterStage)

If you are looking for interesting research paper topics in American history, consider researching the history of the presidential inauguration, the role the Electoral College plays in the delay between election and inauguration, and the oath of office the president takes when he assumes his office. Read more