How to write a research paper: The step by step guide from Questia

We realize that writing a college research paper can be a difficult and daunting process–especially if it’s your first time! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. With the help of this step-by-step research paper guide, we hope to make the task of writing a research paper a little less nerve-wracking.

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Science and technology latest: Ships, smartphones, and lunar eclipses

A new class of technology includes the Zumwalt class destroyer DDG 1000. (Credit: U.S. Navy)

A new class of technology includes the Zumwalt class destroyer DDG 1000. (Credit: U.S. Navy)

This week in trending news, science and technology have been making headlines on topics from the lunar eclipse and this year’s blood moon frequency, plans by NASA and Lockheed to launch a robotic spacecraft in 2016, the Navy’s christening of the USS Zumwalt, rumors of an Amazon smartphone and sneak peeks at the iPhone 6 and iOS 8. Not to mention that Google Glass is going to be shipping to a wider customer base. If you’re looking for a good research paper topic in science and technology, check out some of these recent advances hitting the news.

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Heartbleed virus highlights need for strong password list

The latest computer virus Heartbleed puts user information at risk. (Credit: Berishafjolla)

The latest computer virus Heartbleed puts user information at risk. (Credit: Berishafjolla)

The latest computer news concerns a new computer virus that is putting user information at risk. Known as “Heartbleed,” the virus may affect as many as half a million computer sites. Experts recommend that users create a strong password list that will ensure a different password for each site where they have sensitive information stored. After the affected sites have installed a bug fix, users should change their passwords. Here are more details about the virus.

What sites are affected by the computer virus?

Those sites that use the security system OpenSSL are vulnerable to the Heartbleed virus. Sites that use this protocol tend to be large services like Facebook, GMail, many company websites and even some government sites. OpenSSL is used to encrypt data for security.

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Dido Elizabeth Belle’s true story told in Belle movie

Based on an inspiring true story, Belle hits theaters on May 2nd. (Credit: IMDb)

Based on an inspiring true story, Belle hits theaters on May 2nd. (Credit: IMDb)

In 2013, two award-winning films highlighted the black historical experience in America. Chiwetel Ejiofor played Solomon Northup, a free man from upstate New York who is sold into slavery, in the Oscar award winning 12 Years a Slave. In director Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who served as a butler in the White House over the course of eight presidential terms.

And in 2014, Amma Asante’s Belle movie tells the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, an illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral and an African slave woman. But rather than being brought up as a second-class citizen in England, her childless aunt and uncle, Lord and Lady Mansfield, raised her as a legitimate child and an aristocrat.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw brings the role of Dido Elizabeth Belle to the screen in a film that highlights race and class issues in Georgian England, and theorizes that Belle may have inspired Lord Mansfield’s opposition to slavery.

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Good research paper topics in religion and sociology

Religion and sociology are a combination of disciplines ripe for good research paper topics. Religion, with its many distinct types and practitioners, plays an important role in many people’s lives, as well as in social, economic, political and educational issues. Some examples are religion as a public institution, the influence of Pope Francis or diversity in congregations. For your religion and sociology term paper, search the Internet for academic journals, religion databases and sociology blogs.

Pope Francis makes for a good religion and sociology research topic. (Credit: Valdrin Xhemaj /EPA /LANDOV)

Pope Francis makes for a good religion and sociology research topic. (Credit: Valdrin Xhemaj /EPA /LANDOV)

De-centralizing the sociology of religion

For religion and society topics for your term paper, check out the Questia database of books, journals and newspaper articles.

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You’re graduating college: Time to find your first job

Entry level jobs for college graduates may be at a premium. We’re seeing a slow economic recovery from the 2009 recession, but there is still a lot of competition for the best jobs. Without years of experience, this year’s flock of college graduates will have to be focused and agile in their job search strategy. Here are few ideas on how you can be successful in finding your first job after graduation.

It's vital to take it slow during the application process of finding your first job out of college.

It’s vital to take it slow during the application process of finding your first job out of college.

Rules to get hired

Take the skills that you honed writing research papers and use them to find and apply for your first job. A good place to start is at Questia.

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Today’s cyborgs: Science articles discuss man & machine

From Frankenstein’s Monster to Tony Stark to Neil Harbisson, science and technology have played a role in enhancing human ability, whether science fiction or real life. Now brain-computer interface (BCI) is becoming more real and more promising for technological advancements. For a good research paper topic for your science and technology major consult science articles and a reputable science journal for information on today’s cyborgs.

Neil Harbisson is the first of several cyborgs. (Credit: Exponential Times)

Neil Harbisson is the first of several cyborgs. (Credit: Exponential Times)

Cyborg technological advances

Research into the technological advances that BCI can achieve is immense. Advances so far include testing with animals and humans.

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Research topic: Is Divergent seen as a feminist movie?

The big screen release on March 21, 2014, of the first book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth tells the tale of teen heroine Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, making her way in a dystopian world. Both the book and movie provide excellent areas of research to discuss cinema and feminism. The topic of women in film, seems to be hot, once again, and many are asking if this latest teen novel-turned-film will finally turn the tide on how female-centered movies are perceived.

A movie still from Veronica Roth's Divergent film. (Credit: Shelley Johannes)

A movie still from Veronica Roth’s Divergent film. (Credit: Shelley Johannes)

Explaining gender constraints

One thing that the Divergent trilogy does well, according to blogger Teresa Johnson is offer a “compelling metaphor for young girls’ journey into feminism.”

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How to handle stress — Tips for college students

Handling stress is a common theme among college students. (Credit: Uniwink.com)

Handling stress is a common theme among college students. (Credit: Uniwink.com)

College is supposed to be some of the best four (or five, or six—just joking!) years of your life, right? Then how come sometimes you are just so stressed out? If you feel like your mental and emotional health is taking a beating, you are not alone. A lot of your peers could use some help balancing their newfound freedom and responsibility, while keeping the occasional smile on their faces. Read on for tips for college students on how to handle stress.

The facts about college students and stress

In case you thought maybe it was just you, have no fear—you aren’t the only one. Across the country, more and more college students say they are suffering from mental and emotional health issues.

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Stress affects college students differently

No matter how stress affects you, there are many ways to relax.

No matter how stress affects you, there are many ways to relax.

Stress among college students is growing, and different students cope with stress in campus life in many different ways. For proper student health, students and their counselors should learn to identify the cause of stress and devise appropriate stress relief techniques. (Hiding in dorm rooms to avoid stressful issues is not one of the recommended solutions.)

In “Healthy mind, healthy body: Student health centers are expanding their services to include mental health care” for Diverse Issues in Higher Education, October 24, 2013, Vikki Conwell reported the findings of the spring 2012 American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment:

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