How To Choose A Topic For Your Research Paper

For many college students, actually writing a research paper may not be as daunting as trying to choose a topic.

If you are struggling with how to narrow down your choices, read on for some how to advice to get you started. Read more

Economic Conditions Research Paper Topics

During the 2016 presidential campaign, topics related to economic conditions were at the forefront. Now that President Trump has taken office, topics such as trade agreements, unemployment, and the minimum wage are being hotly debated.

Get a better sense of economic conditions here. (Credit: NY Times)

Get a better sense of economic conditions here. (Credit: NY Times)

Business and economics topics are always good choices for research papers but in light of current events, they take on new meanings and urgencies. Read more

Historiography or Pseudoscience? Research Paper Topics on Event Clusters

According to Questia, “Historiography contributes a meta-analysis to the discipline of history, studying how the history of a topic is interpreted and reconstructed, to form a body of knowledge that is accepted as true.” Sometimes history is thought of as static, but not only do events build on each other, but certain dates, such as the Ides of March, seem to be marked as more historically significant than others.

See the connection between historiography and pseudoscience. (Credit: Josiah Way)

See the connection between historiography and pseudoscience. (Credit: Josiah Way)

Of course, many view this idea of clustered events as part and parcel of pseudoscience. Deciphering how the interpretation of certain historical events has altered over time, and the way cognitive biases influence us offers many areas to explore in a research paper. Read more

Leadership Traits for Research Paper Topics

Leadership skills and traits make some good research paper topics.

Here are some research paper topics on what makes a good leader, business leaders, leadership traits between men and women, and teaching leadership qualities in the nursing profession. Read more

Amelia Earhart as a Castaway: Research Paper Topics

Long after her plane crashed in 1937, Amelia Earhart continues to make the news. An aviation pioneer, as well as one of the best known women in aviation history, Earhart’s disappearance has continued to be of interest to researchers, and her legacy is celebrated by artists such as Rihanna in a 2017 photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar.

Learn more about the life of Amelia Earhart. (Credit: Wikimedia)

Learn more about the life of Amelia Earhart. (Credit: Wikimedia)

If you are looking for research paper topics in women’s studies or American history, consider looking into 2016 evidence that Earhart spent her last days as a castaway, or discuss her life and role in aviation history. Read more

Beware the Ides of March? Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, and Superstition Research Topics

“Beware the Ides of March!” The term, which refers to March 15 of the year 44 B.C., when Julius Caesar was betrayed and murdered, was penned by William Shakespeare in his play Julius Caesar. But while many know the line and its significance for Caesar, some have developed a superstition about the date. Is March 15 actually an unlucky day for anyone besides Caesar? Was it regarded that way by the Romans? And why was it significant for Shakespeare’s audience members?

Discuss the Ides of March and more for your research paper. (Credit: National Geographic)

Discuss the Ides of March and more for your research paper. (Credit: National Geographic)

Consider looking into the history behind that famous line, Julius Caesar’s death, or modern references to the Ides of March as potential research paper topics for your Shakespeare or ancient history class. Read more

‘Moonlight’ and Research Paper Topics in Ethnic Groups

Based on a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film, Moonlight, dramatically illustrates the reality of being a Black male in white America. This is the second film from director Barry Jenkins and his first in eight years. So far, the film has garnered eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Learn more about the Moonlight movie and ethnic groups. (Credit: Screenrant)

Learn more about the Moonlight movie and ethnic groups. (Credit: Screenrant)

McCraney drew heavily from his own life and traumatic childhood when creating his characters. Students, especially those focusing on culture and ethnic studies will find the film touching and informative. Read more

Research Paper Topics: Arrival’s Science Spin on First Contact

In the 2016 film Arrival, Amy Adams acts as a linguistics professor who is summoned by the government to translate an alien language (and find out if the aliens are planning to destroy the world), and tackles more cerebral aspects of actually doing science before taking a shortcut in the final act.

Take a look into first contact with aliens as your science research paper. (Credit: Inquirer)

Take a look into first contact with aliens as your science research paper. (Credit: Inquirer)

This philosophical look at the first contact movie trope in a film that has garnered several nominations in the Academy Awards, could provide a number of research paper topics on language, science, or film depictions of science. Read more

Educational Standards and Controversy With Common Core

Educational standards in the United States, especially the often controversial Common Core State Standards, provides many interesting research paper topics.

Discuss educational standards in your research paper. (Credit: MHSLMC)

Discuss educational standards in your research paper. (Credit: MHSLMC)

Here are some ideas for Common Core standards, importance of standards, GED equivalency, and the politics of educational standards. Read more

Theories of Personality Research Paper Topics

In his new film, Split, starring James McAvoy, director M. Night Shyamalan centers his story around a man who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID). While many may find fault with the portrayal of this disorder in such murderous terms, the film may inspire you to learn more about theories of personality.

Learn more about theories of personality for your research paper. (Credit: Randall Fletcher)

Learn more about theories of personality for your research paper. (Credit: Randall Fletcher)

Once known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) or “split personality,” medical science now recognizes this disorder as one that causes fragmenting rather than proliferation of separate personalities. Read more