Examining death penalty from Executed in your research paper

The death penalty is a highly controversial subject today. Close to 100 countries have abolished the practice while others still have capital punishment on the books, but have not used execution in years.

Cell in which those facing the death penalty reside. (Credit: ITV)

Cell in which those facing the death penalty reside. (Credit: ITV)

The practice is frequently debated in the United States—whether it is constitutional, humane, or racist—with even more criticism of late due to a recent botched execution. An ITV documentary, Executed, that aired on British television, offered a look at death penalty pros and cons, although many viewed the film to be too one-sided. Read more

Research paper topic: Racism in America

The police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on August 9, 2014, has sparked discussion on racism in America. Many allege that Brown was shot because of racial profiling and institutional discrimination within our criminal justice system.

Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaks of racism during a press conference. (Credit: Michael B. Thomas, Getty Images)

Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaks of racism during a press conference. (Credit: Michael B. Thomas, Getty Images)

There is a lot of disagreement regarding the effect of racism and discrimination in law enforcement and the courts. How would you approach this subject in a research paper? Read more

Explore Secret State of North Korea for your next research paper

On September 2, 2014, PBS aired an encore presentation of the Frontline documentary, Secret State of North Korea. Viewers got a look inside this isolated country and its enigmatic ruler, Kim Jong-Un, who is the world’s youngest dictator.

Kim Jong-Un, the world's youngest dictator, rules North Korea. (Credit: tumblr.com)

Kim Jong-Un, the world’s youngest dictator, rules North Korea. (Credit: tumblr.com)

As in the regime of his predecessor and father, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, human rights of the Korean people are being subjugated as a matter of policy. Drawing on undercover footage and interviews, this documentary exposes the harsh conditions of daily life and the courage of those who are working to erode the regime’s influence. Read more

Turnitin detects plagiarism in your research paper

Turnitin (“turn it in”) is a web-based service that college admissions offices and teachers use to check for plagiarism in a college admission essay or term paper. More and more college students are plagiarizing essays and research papers.

Turnitin checks for plagiarism in students' essays and research papers. (Credit: Vasudev Singhchawla)

Turnitin checks for plagiarism in students’ essays and research papers. (Credit: Vasudev Singhchawla)

While cheating and plagiarism have been around for centuries, easy access to the web makes copying, purchasing, sharing and pasting papers far more easy. Turnitin began as far back as the 1990s. Read more

Computer science research topic on Sony hacking

Hackers have been, well, wreaking havoc of late. The latest victims appear to be Sony PlayStation network users who found themselves the target of computer hackers over the weekend of August 23 – 24, 2014.

The Sony PlayStation 4 with the DualShock 4 controller.(Credit: Evan-Amos)

The Sony PlayStation 4 with the DualShock 4 controller.(Credit: Evan-Amos)

While the computer hackers or hacker, who identified themselves with the Twitter handle @LizardSquad, did not attempt to compromise the personal data of Sony PlayStation network’s 53 million users, the hacker did make a bomb threat against an airline flight a Sony executive was traveling on. If you’re looking for a good research paper topic in computer science, consider these recent issues in cyberterrorism and cybersecurity. Read more

History research paper: World War I and White House burning

Among the good research paper topics for your world history research paper this semester would be discussing some historical milestones. The year 2014 is the centennial of the start of World War I.

One event in history includes the burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

One event in history includes the burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

The June 28, 1914, assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo led a month later to the official start of the war. This year is also the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House by the British. Read more

College students — Tips for going back to school

It is time, yet again, to gear up for classes. As you head back to college, you may feel like you need a refresher course and some tips in studying and university life. Maybe you are even worrying about selecting a major.

There are many helpful tips that will make college a bit easier for you. (Credit: Ella Brittingham)

There are many helpful tips that will make college a bit easier for you. (Credit: Ella Brittingham)

Whatever your concerns or needs are as you head back to campus, there is a back-to-school guide out there that can help. Here are some consolidated tips for going back to school—prepared!—for college students. Read more

Books on gender roles for men and women

The popularity of the “Always #LikeAGirl” video, which has more than 47 million views on YouTube, has prompted many college students – both male as well as female – to start searching for books on Gender Roles.

Learn more about the recent shift in gender roles. (Credit: lgbtq.missouri.edu)

Learn more about the recent shift in gender roles. (Credit: lgbtq.missouri.edu)

What are gender roles?

Gender roles are a set of standards which impose expectations on the behavior of men and women. These norms for socially appropriate behavior vary from culture to culture and change over time. Read more

Launch of Questia Writing Center set for August 26th

As a college student, there are many challenges you face on a daily basis, ranging from lack of sleep to juggling a full-time class schedule with a part- or full-time work schedule. There never seems to be enough hours in the day, and while there is no way to change that (at least not that I’m aware of!), Questia is here to make your college experience a little bit easier with our NEW Writing Center. Because, College is hard… Writing research papers doesn’t have to be!

What is the Questia Writing Center?

On August 26, 2014, the Questia Writing Center will go live at Questia.com. Read more

Discussing capital punishment in your research paper

Capital punishment, also called the death penalty, is a controversial subject. Many people are fiercely on one side of the debate or the other.

The debate on capital punishment heavily weighs the pros and cons. (Credit: AGN News Editorial)

The debate on capital punishment heavily weighs the pros and cons. (Credit: AGN News Editorial)

Some possible ideas for good research paper topics include:

  • Define capital punishment and discuss pros and cons of capital punishment

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