Research Paper Topics on Rhetoric and Public Speaking

Rhetoric is the study of writing or public speaking as a means of communication or persuasion. No matter your major, this is a skill that is critical for college students to master. Knowing how to communicate in both written and verbal forms will be required in your future career, especially as you rise higher into positions of responsibility.

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Improve your rhetoric and public speaking skills with our tips. (Credit: LinkedIn)

For that reason, it’s a good idea to take time to explore research paper topics in rhetoric. Read more

Research Paper Topics on the Environmental Movement

April is Earth Month, a time to reflect on how humanity is caring for the welfare and well-being of the planet. The environmental movement has changed a great deal since the first Earth Day in 1970, but in the quest to slow down climate change experts agree much remains to be done to save the earth.

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See what you can learn about the environmental movement here. (Credit: SCRLC)

A research paper could focus on how environmental issues have changed over the years, as well as which issues have remained a constant. Read more

The Story of Black Colleges as Research Paper Topics

The documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities focuses on the impact these schools have had on the culture, history and identity of African Americans in the United States.

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Discover more on the history of black colleges. (Credit: YouTube)

Research paper topics spurred on by the film could focus on how these higher education opportunities came to be in the first place or if their role changed with affirmative action. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Famous Inventors and Life-Changing Inventions

For all the inventors of the world out there, this one’s for you! This month we’re recognizing National Inventors Month and sharing books focused on some of the most important creations of all time and the stories behind famous inventors.

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The Zookeeper’s Wife and Civil Disobedience Research Paper Topics

The film, The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain tells the true story of how Antonina Zabinski and her husband defied Nazi orders and saved hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust. In an act of civil disobedience, the Zabinskis took Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto and hid them in the Warsaw Zoo.

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Discover more on civil disobedience in The Zookeeper’s Wife. (Credit: Rolling Stone)

Many eventually made their way to freedom. Acts of civil disobedience such as this are inspirational stories in history and could inspire your next research paper. Read more

Language Acquisition Research Paper Topics

Language acquisition is the process of learning a native or second language. Many people study how children learn a language, the factors that influence the process of learning a foreign language and the unique challenges facing English language learners (ELLs).

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Discuss language acquisition as your research topic. (Credit: Galdomara)

If you are looking for research paper topics in language acquisition consider these questions as ways to prompt your ideas. Read more

Ethics in Higher Education Research Paper Topics

Colleges and universities are as susceptible to questionable ethics as any other business or organization.

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Discuss the issue of ethics in education in your research paper. (Credit: Ethics in Education)

Here are some research paper topics on ethics in higher education, a code of ethics for teachers, fixing corruption and establishing ethical standards in college and the ethics of big data. Read more

Criminal Law Research Paper Topics

Criminal law, the branch of law that defines crimes and provides for their punishment. A crime is regarded as an offense committed against the public, even though only one individual may have been wronged. The wrongdoer is prosecuted by the state for the purpose of punishment. Crimes are usually classified as treason, felony or misdemeanor with the distinction being the penalty and the power of imprisonment.

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

In the U.S., each state’s criminal code defines what is a crime and the punishment to be dealt for a crime. Other research paper topics in criminal law include capital punishment and mandatory sentencing. Read more

The Handmaid’s Tale Research Paper Topics

The Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1985 by Margaret Atwood, is a book, movie, and now a new Hulu television series about a dystopian future in which widespread sterility has put men in charge of women’s fertility.

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Discover more on women’s health in The Handmaid’s Tale. (Credit: New Yorker)

The story has implications in today’s political climate where laws are being passed restricting women’s ability to decide their own course of reproduction. Read more

Government Information Research Paper Topics

Government information is vital for an informed citizenry. Information needs to be factual, secure and readily available to everyone.

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Find out more on government information as a research topic. (Credit: E-commerce Times)

Some good research paper topics on government information are mistrust of local and federal government information, technology trends and data security of information, and access to information. Read more