Research topic: Ebola fighters named Person of the Year

A good research paper topic for your term paper could be to write about real world heroes who contribute to the greater good. For example, this year’s Time “Person of the Year” is Ebola fighters, those courageous men and women who worked with Ebola victims at the risk of their own health.

Ebola fighters named Time Person of the Year. (Credit: ABC News)

Ebola fighters named Time Person of the Year. (Credit: ABC News)

Topics for research papers could be to write about why some people sacrifice their well-being for others or how Ebola caregivers worked in regions without adequate medical supplies or political help. Read more

Use “Wild” as your research topic in literature

Dealing with death and the accompanying grief is different for everyone. Cheryl Strayed shared her own personal journey after the loss of a loved one in her memoir, Wild.

The film adaptation Wild discusses grief and death. (Credit: Wallpaper Series)

The film adaptation Wild discusses grief and death. (Credit: Wallpaper Series)

The film adaptation, starring Reese Witherspoon, brings Strayed’s story to the big screen. Does Wild the movie do justice to the book, and what can it teach us about grieving? Read more

Government research topic on Hong Kong protests

The ongoing Hong Kong protests for free elections have brought attention to the conflict between the Chinese government and the pro-democracy movement. Although Hong Kong has been under the rule of mainland China for 17 years now, the student protesters are upset about China’s interference in upcoming elections.

Protesters clash with police in Hong Kong. (Credit: Anthony Kwan, Getty Images)

Protesters clash with police in Hong Kong. (Credit: Anthony Kwan, Getty Images)

What started as peaceful demonstrations in the city have turned increasingly violent as the government has vowed not to budge and the protesters have escalated their efforts. Read more

Harold Lasswell is a good political science research paper topic

If you are searching for good political science research paper topics, I personally recommend writing about Harold D. Lasswell. I have often written about his model of communication, which focuses on “Who says what in which channel to whom with what effect?”

Harold Dwight Lasswell, 1902-1978. (Credit: Yale Library)

Harold Dwight Lasswell, 1902-1978. (Credit: Yale Library)

But Lasswell was a 20th-century political scientist as well as a communication theorist. Lasswell acted as president of the American Political Science Association. He is best known for his theoretical grouping of psychology and politics, specifically as it relates to political propaganda. Read more

Obamacare news for your next research paper

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, requires you to purchase health insurance. Instead of waiting until you have a qualifying life event, you can sign up for health care from November 15, 2014, through February 15, 2015.

Learn more about Obamacare. (Credit: Politico.com)

Learn more about Obamacare. (Credit: Politico.com)

According to the Obamacare news, you can also change plans or apply for payment assistance during this special enrollment period. Subsidies to help you pay the premiums are available when you enroll in the health insurance marketplace. Read more

Research topic on The Calhoun School documentary

Education reform in the American education system is a topic that is constantly evolving, with new ideas for how we can better teach young people arising all the time. The Calhoun School, a progressive private school located in the Upper West Side of New York City, recently broached the idea of education reform as it pertains to racism in schools in their documentary, “I’m Not Racist…Am I?”

The Calhoun School documentary covers the issue of racism. (Credit: Calhoun.org)

The Calhoun School documentary covers the issue of racism. (Credit: Calhoun.org)

Background on The Calhoun School documentary

According to “Rethinking Racism Through Film and the Eyes of Students” by Sophia Hollander for The Wall Street Journal on November 23, 2014, the documentary, “I’m Not Racist…Am I?,” “charts the evolution of 12 teenagers from public and private schools across New York City … as they attend race workshops for one year.” Read more

“Interstellar” movie offers good science research paper topics

The Interstellar movie offers many ideas for good research paper topics, including historical perspective on the dust bowl, science fiction and lots of science facts, climate change, and discussion about the future of mankind. Consider writing about some of the movie’s themes for your term paper.

Interstellar offers great topics in science. (Credit: blastr.com)

Interstellar offers great topics in science. (Credit: blastr.com)

The premise of the movie is that Earth has been devastated by climate change, and humanity has only a few generations left before it must find another world to live. Several daring explorers travel through a wormhole near Saturn into another galaxy that has a few planets that might support human life. Read more

Musical theater research paper topics

Some good research paper topics on musical theater could be to write about the success, influence, controversy or message of various hit Broadway musicals.

"The Book of Mormon" is a great topic idea for your next musical theater research paper. (Credit: Show & Stay)

“The Book of Mormon” is a great topic idea for your next musical theater research paper. (Credit: Show & Stay)

Here are some ideas for the popularity of The Book of Mormon, controversy over Kinky Boots and the contributions of Jewish playwrights and producers to American theater and culture. There is also a directory of research databases on musical theater. Read more

Elephant poaching for ivory: research paper topics

August 2014 has the distinction of being the date when more African elephants are being killed than are being born. Ivory demand in Asia and the Middle East has skyrocketed, raising rhinoceros and elephant poaching in Africa to new levels. Education, laws and enforcement are needed. Consider elephant hunting and the new ban on ivory as good research paper topics for your term paper.

China's insatiable demand for ivory funds terrorism in Africa and Middle East. (Credit: SCMP.com)

China’s insatiable demand for ivory funds terrorism in Africa and Middle East. (Credit: SCMP.com)

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that from 2010 to 2012, 100,000 African elephants were killed for their ivory. Estimates are that there are 400,000 elephants left in Africa, so if the killing continues, the African elephant will be extinct by the end of this decade. Read more

The Keystone Pipeline — Playing politics for your research paper

The recent defeat of the Keystone Pipeline bill in the Senate means that President Obama won’t be vetoing the bill, yet, if at all. When the new Congress takes office after the first of the year, however, the bill will be reintroduced. Opponents of the bill express worries about the global warming and climate change that will result from the pipeline’s fossil fuels.

Proposed Keystone Pipeline expansion. (Credit: CNN)

Proposed Keystone Pipeline expansion. (Credit: CNN)

Meanwhile, the White House has indicated that they may be willing to make a deal with the soon-to-be Republican-controlled Congress. Is playing politics in the future for this and other environmental policies?  Read more