Your 7-step research paper checklist so you meet the grading criteria

Based on personal experience, I can matter-of-factly tell you that research paper grading criteria can vary among college professors. So how do you figure out if your paper will meet the criteria your professor is looking for?

Our checklist will lead you to a successful research paper. (Credit: Marketing Land)

Our checklist will lead you to a successful research paper. (Credit: Marketing Land)

Different topics will be more important to different professors, so you’d be wise to initially review the research paper grading rubric and ask your instructor questions about their criteria to gauge what the priority is. Read more

Introduction to Philosophy class term paper topics

Many freshmen are likely taking Introduction to Philosophy this semester. Here are some good research paper topics.

There are many good topics to cover on philosophy. (Credit: University of Chicago)

There are many good topics to cover on philosophy. (Credit: University of Chicago)

For your term paper you can write about unethical advertisements aimed at children, the philosophy of economic globalization, global human rights and the philosophy of climate change. Read more

Research topic: Why Mount McKinley is being renamed Denali

Ever wonder how certain American landmarks got their names? It is a fascinating area of research to uncover why and how various places were named and renamed. For instance, why is Mount McKinley, which is located in Alaska, named for President McKinley who was from Ohio?

Find out why Mount McKinley is being renamed to Denali. (Credit: Associated Press)

Find out why Mount McKinley is being renamed to Denali. (Credit: Associated Press)

That is a question Native Americans in Alaska have been asking for 119 years, because they know America’s tallest peak as Denali. Thanks to the Obama administration the name has been officially changed, ending the long debate. This would make for a great topic for your next history research paper. Read more

Research paper topic: The true cost of the fashion industry

The fashion industry has managed to make stratospheric profits by producing affordable trendy clothes and lots of them. These profits are made possible by thousands of workers who labor in sweatshops for pennies an hour. “Fast fashion” as it is called, is made largely overseas where human rights take a back seat to production and profit.

Find out more about the fashion industry. (Credit: CNN Money)

Find out more about the fashion industry. (Credit: CNN Money)

What social responsibility do companies like the Gap and Wal-Mart owe to their workers? One of the top documentary films of 2015, The True Cost, will inform you and inspire you to write your next research paper. Read more

Research Women’s Equality Day and the truth on gender inequality

Women’s Equality Day, on August 26, 2015, marked the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, ratified on August 18, 1920, granting female suffrage. Despite the lengthy passage of time since women gained equal rights in the voting booth, the female half of the population still falls short when it comes to economic equality.

Find out how far women have come in term of equality. (Credit: Borgen Project)

Find out how far women have come in term of equality. (Credit: Borgen Project)

The topic of gender inequality offers a rich variety of research topics, from the suffragists who fought for the right to vote to our modern-day discussions about equal pay and paid parental leave, and many, many more. Read more

5 smart questions you must ask during your job interview

You are officially entering the workforce. It’s interview season for you! It’s very important to walk into every interview fully prepared. At your job interview you’ll hear frequently asked questions about the job requirements and about your qualifications. But often the most terrifying question is, “Do you have any questions for me?”

Ace your interview with the right questions. (Credit: Syda Productions / Dollar Photo Club)

Ace your interview with the right questions. (Credit: Syda Productions / Dollar Photo Club)

It’s easy to think that the interview process is all about the prospective employer getting to know you. But when they want to know what questions you have for them, you need to sound intelligent, knowledgeable about the company and interested in the job. The worst thing you can do is say, “No.” You are a new business professional in the working world, so the job interview questions you ask need to reveal your personality, knowledge of the company and ability to succeed in the job. Read more

Cover world politics issues for your next research paper

You may not be a big fan of world news or world politics unless your major is international studies or economics. But with the next presidential election looming ahead, this is a good time to get acquainted with the hot issues in political news. Voting for the next leader of the free world is very important.

Which world politics topic interests you the most? (Credit: UWP.com)

Which world politics topic interests you the most? (Credit: UWP.com)

Whoever wins the election will be grappling with global issues such as nuclear proliferation and climate change. You can use this opportunity to prepare yourself for voting in the 2016 election and write a killer research paper at the same time. Read more

Ashley Madison hackers and computer safety as your research topic

What exactly is the motive of the anonymous computer hackers who have released the user names and contact information of more than 30 million people with accounts on Ashley Madison, the website that arranges extramarital affairs? While they haven’t clearly stated their reasons, they have called out the parent company and users of Ashley Madison for their “fraud, deceit and stupidity.” As journalists go through the released information, it is expected that celebrities and newsmakers, such as Josh Duggar, who had two accounts on the site, will be revealed.

What can be done to stop hackers? (Credit: Bob Choat)

What can be done to stop hackers? (Credit: Bob Choat)

But what may be more damning in the long run is what the site’s hack means for everyone’s computer safety. For your next computer science or criminology research paper, consider discussing one of the above topics and what can be done to prevent such serious hacking situations. Read more

Research topic: the American diet and new dietary guidelines

The American diet is one of the worst in the world. Later in 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will publish an updated Dietary Guidelines booklet promoting new nutrition data and a healthy diet. Not everyone is on board with the changes.

Many unhealthy foods make up the American diet. (Credit: Hartman Group)

Many unhealthy foods make up the American diet. (Credit: Hartman Group)

Interesting research paper topics could be to discuss the American diet, updated nutrition information and ways companies are promoting healthy eating. Read more

Research topic: Depicting censorship and police abuse

The new biopic movie Straight Outta Compton chronicles the rise of the gangsta rap group N.W.A. (Ni**as With Attitude) whose first studio album “Straight Outta Compton” in 1988 revolutionized hip hop music and culture. Controversy erupted when N.W.A. songs contained lyrics depicting the brutal truth about living in Compton, a poor and racially charged town in southern Los Angeles County.

See how censorship, police abuse and law enforcement are viewed in Straight Outta Compton. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

See how censorship, police abuse and law enforcement are viewed in Straight Outta Compton. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

The movie offers interesting research paper topics on censorship, police abuse and law enforcement. Read more