Questia Reading Room: Our library favorites

Looking for a new book to read but haven’t come across any recommendations that look appealing to you? The Questia Reading Room has you covered!

Our Reading Room offers you some of our favorite books - for FREE. (Credit: Pexels)

Our Reading Room offers you some of our favorite books – for FREE. (Credit: Pexels)

For the next month, we are offering some of our personal favorites that you can enjoy – for FREE. Read more

Topic ideas for schools of economics

When politicians and news pundits talk about the economy, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if they actually have the background to understand the types of promises or predictions they make. If you’re a student in economics and need to come up with a term paper based on schools of economics, you could consider pulling topics from the news and analyzing the statements through the lens of Keynesian economics, Reaganomics (sometimes called trickledown economics), or feminist economics.

Find out more about the many economics topics you can discuss in your research paper. (Credit: UWStout.edu)

Find out more about the many economics topics you can discuss in your research paper. (Credit: UWStout.edu)

Consider which school of economics best matches your own ideas—or most contrasts them—and take a look at the range of topics you can research on Questia. Read more

Copyright law and the Happy Birthday song as your research topic

“Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear (name). Happy Birthday to you.” Believe it or not, those four repetitive words earned Warner/Chappell, the publishing branch of the huge Warner Music Group, $2 million a year in royalties. A legal battle brewed over the rights to the song when filmmaker Jennifer Nelson challenged copyright laws to the popular birthday music.

The Happy Birthday song is worth millions of dollars in licence fees every year to music publishing company Warner/Chappell. (Credit: Will Clayton/Flickr)

The Happy Birthday song is worth millions of dollars in licence fees every year to music publishing company Warner/Chappell. (Credit: Will Clayton/Flickr)

Interesting research paper topics would be to write about the history and the copyright law on the “Happy Birthday to You” song. Read more

Grammar usage and English grammar test instruction

Grammar and effective word usage are important to writing well. There have been many studies on teaching grammar successfully and learning to write properly.

Ace your research papers by using proper grammar. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Ace your research papers by using proper grammar. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Here are some interesting research paper topics on grammar lessons, letting students write instead of memorizing grammar rules, Britain’s new English grammar test that is challenging teachers, and persuasive professional writing with creative word usage. Read more

Comic book superheroes in popular culture as your research topic

The new Batman v. Superman movie proves Hollywood’s embrace of superhero characters for a general audience. Comic book superheroes have permeated our culture.

Learn more about pop culture superheroes. (Credit: The Telegraph)

Learn more about pop culture superheroes. (Credit: The Telegraph)

Here are some interesting research paper topics on comic books’ influence on popular culture and real-life superheroes. Read more

Examine female characters in literature for your research paper

The sixth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones won’t begin until Sunday April 24, 2016, but it has already generated a lot of buzz. Entertainment Weekly featured six of the major characters on its first April issue. Even comedienne Amy Schumer used a GOT theme to publicize the debut of her next season on April 21. One reason for the anticipation is due to the featuring of strong female characters such as Arya Stark and female villains like Cersei Lannister.

Learn more about the role of female characters in literature. (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)

Learn more about the role of female characters in literature. (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)

How women have been portrayed in literature through the ages is one of many compelling research paper topics. Read more

Developmental and learning disabilities research paper topics

If you are pursuing an undergraduate degree in medicine, psychology, or education, you are likely to encounter courses centering on developmental and learning disabilities. While you are looking for research paper topics discussing developmental disorders and learning disabilities, consider looking into current news articles for ideas.

What do you know about learning disabilities? (Credit: Lance Cpl. Andrea Ovalle)

What do you know about learning disabilities? (Credit: Lance Cpl. Andrea Ovalle)

Autism frequently appears in news articles, especially around World Autism Day, which occurs on April 2. Other topics, such as Down syndrome, appeared in articles surrounding the March observance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Read more

How Hispanic voters impact the 2016 presidential election as your research topic

As we move ever closer to voting day for the 2016 presidential election the issue of race has become a recurring theme. In their quest for a majority of electoral votes frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continue to disappoint large voting blocs such as blacks and Latinos. Currently Hispanics in America outnumber blacks with more than 27 million people eligible to vote.

Find out how Hispanics could shape the 2016 election results. (Credit: Lynne Sladky/AP)

Find out how Hispanics could shape the 2016 election results. (Credit: Lynne Sladky/AP)

With such large numbers of eligible voters many pundits predict that this demographic could play a significant role in deciding the election. For this reason the power of the Latino electorate could be the center of your next research paper. Read more

Panama Papers and income inequality as your economics research topic

Details are still trickling out about the leaked documents from Mossack Fonseca. Known as the Panama Papers, the 2.6 terabytes of data reveal a trove of information about tax havens and money laundering perpetrated by some of the world’s wealthiest citizens.

Find out more about the leaked Panama Papers here. (Credit: BBC)

Find out more about the leaked Panama Papers here. (Credit: BBC)

Not only does this recent event provide multiple research paper topics in terms of tax evasion and other economic issues, it also shines a light on income inequality. Read more

Research paper topics in bioethics: Monarch butterfly extinction and Japanese whaling

Two very different topics in bioethics have been trending in the news lately: the Japanese whaling industry, which during a recent hunt for “research purposes” slaughtered 333 Minke whales, many of them pregnant; and the possible extinction of the Monarch butterfly over the next 20 years.

Use the Monarch butterfly extinction as your bioethics research topic. (Credit: PBS)

Use the Monarch butterfly extinction as your bioethics research topic. (Credit: PBS)

If you are looking for research paper topics for your bioethics class, consider looking into recent news articles on these two issues. Read more