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

How to write an essay: Stretch a three paragraph idea into a five page gem

Does the idea of writing an essay fill you with dread? You’re not alone. But learning how to write an essay is easy once you get used to the essay structure. Unlike a research paper where you are using the viewpoint of other researchers, in an essay you’re going to frame your own point of view and support it with well-organized facts and examples.

Learn how to write an essay with ease. (Credit: Orin Zebest/Flickr)

Learn how to write an essay with ease. (Credit: Orin Zebest/Flickr)

Check out your course syllabus to see if your course requirements include writing an essay. Sooner or later you’re going to have to do one. Here are some tips on how to make sure that your essay is long enough to make the grade. Read more

Compare paid family leave across the world for your research paper

The United States is the only developed country that doesn’t offer a national policy of paid family leave for working women and men who have had a baby or adopted. While the U.S. government has yet to step up, some corporations, including Netflix, are trying to make things a bit better for new parents.

A comparison of paid family leave across the world. (Credit: care2.com)

A comparison of paid family leave across the world. (Credit: care2.com)

For your next business research paper, consider discussing the new policy Netflix is offering, whether or not it will lead to more companies creating this policy or the importance of paid family leave. Read more

Remembering Julian Bond, Civil Rights leader, in your next research paper

Civil Rights leader Julian Bond died August 15, 2015, at a hospital in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, after a brief illness. The former student of Martin Luther King Jr. also became instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement, and many believed at one time that he would become the first African American president of the United States.

Learn more about the late Julian Bond. (Credit: Nikki Khan/Washington Post)

Learn more about the late Julian Bond. (Credit: Nikki Khan/Washington Post)

Bond served as chairman of the NAACP, as well as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. For your next history paper, discuss the works of Julian Bond and his legacy as a Civil Rights leader. Read more

Research paper: The use of symbolism in art

In the continuing search for good research paper topics, consider looking into the use of symbolism in art. Just as in literature, those who express themselves through media such as paint, clay or even architecture often use symbols as a way to further their own artistic expression. Dream symbols and color symbolism are just two symbolism examples.

Can you spot the symbolism in this art piece? (Credit: Prisma Archivo/Alamy)

Can you spot the symbolism in this art piece? (Credit: Prisma Archivo/Alamy)

You might think that all symbolic art is abstract art but that’s not the case. Beginning with cave drawings and progressing through today, artists continue to elevate the meaning of their work through the use of symbols. Read more

Barry Crimmins: Standup comedy and activism for your research paper

While you’ve probably heard of standup comedy legends Bobcat Goldthwait and Patton Oswalt, you may not know about the man they consider a mentor and an inspiration – Barry Crimmins. Now you can learn about the comedian, the man and his cause in the film Call Me Lucky, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.

The antipornography activist and comic Barry Crimmins. (Credit: MPI Media Group)

The antipornography activist and comic Barry Crimmins. (Credit: MPI Media Group)

A fixture in the Boston standup community for many years, Crimmins took on the role of social activist when he revealed that as a child he had been subjected to repeated physical abuse. Crimmins’s story will inspire you to explore his cause against abusers and Internet pornography for your next research paper. Read more