Goodbye, black rhino; hello hammerhead shark

A Black Rhinoceros in Tanzania. (Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

A Black Rhinoceros in Tanzania. (Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

This past week, media outlets reported one animal moving from an endangered species to an extinct species, but another new species is discovered. While the latter news doesn’t reduce the sadness that many conservationists feel at the loss of the Western black rhinoceros, the introduction of the Carolina hammerhead shark – a much larger new species discovery than is typical – shows that genetically distinct species are still being uncovered by scientists. Looking for good research paper topics for your biology, zoology, or conservation courses? Consider looking at what conservation efforts could do to prevent losses of critically endangered species like the Western black rhino – or take a peek at how scientists are continuing to uncover secrets about distinct new species. Read more

Writing a research paper pt 3: How to write an outline, draft the paper and add citations

Taking the extra step to write an outline before you begin writing your research paper will save you more time in the long run.

Taking the extra step to write an outline before you begin writing your research paper will save you more time in the long run.

Now that you’ve chosen a topic and collected notes, it’s time to begin writing a research paper. In this article we’ll cover how to write an outline, create a rough draft of your paper and how to add citations. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s dive right in.

How to write an outline

When taking notes, many experts suggest that you write them on individual index cards. Then, you can place the cards on a table and rearrange them to create the flow for your paper. This flow will become your outline. Read more

Core features of a liberal arts education

The liberal arts field of study in college offers many choices that can lead to a successful future.

The liberal arts field of study in college offers many choices that can lead to a successful future.

Often called the most important major in struggling economic times, the liberal arts education combines various academic disciplines that prepare students to thrive in an atmosphere of complexity, diversity and change. It helps students be able to transfer intellectual and practical skills to the real world, as well as develop a sense of social responsibility. Consider choosing from a list of majors that includes communications, arts, natural science and mathematics. Here’s a spotlight on the liberal arts education.

What does liberal arts cover?

According to University of Minnesota (UMN) at Duluth, “The term ‘liberal arts’ refers to a grouping of disciplines that, in Western culture, are considered essential for adequate education and civic participation.” Read more

eBooks vs. print books—Is digital fiction the future of publishing?

Credit Jean Guillaume Le Roux

Credit Jean Guillaume Le Roux

With each passing year the online world seems to change more and more about how we live, interact with each other and communicate. The Internet has had a serious impact on the future of publishing in particular. The ongoing battle of eBooks vs. print books, as well as new opportunities in online publishing and self-publishing, will determine the future of publishing and may create a world of digital fiction very different from what readers have known in the past. If you are looking for good research paper topics for media studies or business of literature courses, read on!

The future of publishing

If you don’t own a tablet or eReader, you may already be behind the times. According to Jane in a post on July 25, 2013, “Thursday News: Digital fiction may reach 50% for trade fiction in 2014; Ann Rule sues reviewer for defamation; Samsung overtaking Apple” for Dear Author, “some bestsellers in the US have at least or over 50% sales in digital.” Read more

Ethics in the workplace and other research topic ideas for your law studies paper

Courtroom I during a swearing-in ceremony of Judges. (Photograph provided courtesy of the ICTY.)

Courtroom I during a swearing-in ceremony of Judges. (Photograph provided courtesy of the ICTY.)

If you’re looking for research topic ideas for your assignment in pre-law, paralegal or criminal justice, then you have a wide range from which to choose. Whether it’s ethics in the workplace, ethics in business, judicial process or search and seizure, you can take your ideas anywhere within the scope of legal studies. Legal specialties include health, animal and environmental issues as well. Here are a few tips and ideas to help you with your legal research paper. Read more

Women in Saudi Arabia protest driving ban: Women drivers practice civil disobedience

While there is no law prohibiting women from driving in Saudi Arabia, it is highly frowned upon. Photo credit: Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters.

While there is no law prohibiting women from driving in Saudi Arabia, it is highly frowned upon. Photo credit: Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters.

On October 26, more than 60 women in Saudi Arabia protested the traditional driving ban the kingdom enforces on women. A fight against the restrictions, which prevent women drivers, has been ongoing, and the latest act of civil disobedience garnered plenty of media attention, but little in the way of police response. Still searching for good research paper topics for a women’s studies class? Read on to learn more about the history of the struggle and the civil disobedience practiced by Saudi women to gain more freedom in a country that restricts women’s rights. Read more

Recent science articles expose bad science in Gravity movie

An artist's concept showing the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is seen orbiting the moon as it prepares to fire its maneuvering thrusters to maintain a safe orbital altitude. (Credit: NASA Ames / Dana Berry)

An artist’s concept showing the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is seen orbiting the moon as it prepares to fire its maneuvering thrusters to maintain a safe orbital altitude. (Credit: NASA Ames / Dana Berry)

Science facts and Hollywood have a tenuous relationship. There’s a little thing called “drama” that gets in the way. Recent science articles have taken the Gravity movie to task for its bad science. While suspenseful with superb special effects, the movie lacks accuracy in orbital science. When searching for good research paper topics, physical science majors could consider setting Hollywood movies straight and fix their dramatic yet erroneous science. Consult a science article or science journal to research the truth. Read more

Business women in economics and political science

More recently, women have obtained higher roles in economic and political positions.

More recently, women have obtained higher roles in economic and political positions.

Here’s a suggestion for good research paper topics for economics, finance, business or political science class: women executives in politics and business. With the recent nomination by President Obama of Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chairman, women in positions of power are back in the news. Research papers can profile prominent business women, how they achieved their current position, strategies and management styles for women executives and educational opportunities for women in business and politics.

Rise of Janet Yellen in Federal Reserve

Yellen is currently vice-chair of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors and worked at the Federal Reserve throughout the 1990s with then chairman Alan Greenspan. Read more

Evolutionary history of a species—skull fossil could change the human genus

A a coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae Smitha, or living fossil fish on display in the Untied States National Museum. (Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives)

A a coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae Smitha, or living fossil fish on display in the Untied States National Museum. (Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives)

The evolution of humans is a branch of science that continues to, well, evolve, particularly when it comes to the evolutionary history of a species such as the human genus, Homo. Mankind may undergo yet another update thanks to the discovery of Skull 5, a 1.8-million-year-old skull fossil uncovered in the republic of Georgia eight years ago. But it isn’t just humans that are learning new things every day about how mankind came to be—scientists are also uncovering new insights into the evolution of a host of creatures, from mammals to fish.

Ever-evolving understanding

After eight years of study, an international team of scientists led by David Lordkipanidze, a paleoanthropologist at the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi, believe they may have new insight into the evolutionary history of the human genus. Read more

Elements of fiction and other research paper topics for your literature research paper

With so many categories of literature from many parts of the world, there is a vast amount of topics to choose from. (Courtesy of William George Aston)

With so many categories of literature from many parts of the world, there is a vast amount of topics to choose from. (Courtesy of William George Aston)

Literature courses come in many forms. Your course might focus on the elements of fiction or on world literature. When you have to complete a research paper for your literature class, you’ll find that there are a vast number of possible research paper topics. Before you begin to panic, let’s check out a few tips and resources that can help you to manage your assignment.

Literature

According to Questia, literature is the “… sharing and preservation of knowledge, stories and ideas in the form of written communication.” And the folks at Questia should know. The website houses millions of full-text books and articles on a multitude of subjects. Read more