Term paper: Media coverage of mental illness

For your next term paper, consider writing about the often harmful way the media cover mental illness. The media are often too quick to make broad generalizations, stigmatize mentally ill people and link violence with depression. Mental illnesses are complex and affect people in various ways, and the media should reflect this when reporting.

Discuss how mental illness is seen through media coverage. (Credit: dilw.ie)

Discuss how mental illness is seen through media coverage. (Credit: dilw.ie)

For good research paper topics for your classes on psychology, mental illness or print or broadcast journalism, you can write about the ways the media covers mental illness. Read more

Earthquake in Nepal and natural disasters for your research paper

The earthquake in Nepal that happened on Saturday, April 25, has proved beyond devastating for the country. With the death toll continuing to mount –by Monday, April 27, it had risen to more than 4,000 –the people of Nepal will be in desperate need of humanitarian relief in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Rescuers search for bodies in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake. (Credit: Reuters)

Rescuers search for bodies in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake. (Credit: Reuters)

Is it possible for countries around the world to be better prepared for natural disasters, or do we simply have to accept that it is just a matter of when, not if, they occur? Consider discussing the impact natural disasters have on our world, particularly the Nepal earthquake, for your next research paper. Read more

Diverse casts in Hollywood as your research topic

In Dreamworks Home, a young girl named Tip befriends a misfit alien named Oh after Oh’s people, the Boov, have taken over Earth as their new homeland. While the film features a number of familiar tropes, it’s exceptional in that Tip is the first African-American female lead of a 3D animated feature. She’s also the first African-American female lead of any animated feature who stays human through the whole movie (unlike 2009’s Princess and the Frog from Disney).

Hollywood diversity does not reflect the U.S. diverse population. (Credit: Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA)

Hollywood diversity does not reflect the U.S. diverse population. (Credit: Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA)

Voiced by Rihanna, who is joined by Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons as Oh, Tip shows a slow, but hopefully growing, trend toward diversity in Hollywood. Consider looking at this animated feature, or study results on diverse casts in Hollywood, for a paper in film studies or African American studies. Read more

Sex and gender: What is transgender? For your next research paper

In recent weeks there has been much speculation that Olympic star and Kardashian clan member Bruce Jenner has been undergoing a gender change. Bruce Jenner’s before and after pictures reveal that he is now sporting long hair and nails and a fuller bosom. Jenner is fortunate in that he has received the support of his family.

Learn more about Bruce Jenner's transgender transformation. (Credit: Pinterest)

Learn more about Bruce Jenner’s transgender transformation. (Credit: Pinterest)

His story highlights the questions of what is transgender, sex and gender and gender stereotypes. Framed as they are in the context of a public figure’s personal struggles, these timely issues would be good research paper topics. Read more

Liquid metal properties and applications for research paper topics

With shades of the T-1000 transforming robot in Terminator 2 who could change shape and morph into whatever weapon he needed, scientists in China have announced the discovery of a liquid metal alloy that has shape shifting and self-propulsion properties.

Liquid metal can self-propel through a tube. (Credit: Advanced Materials/Tsinghua University)

Liquid metal can self-propel through a tube. (Credit: Advanced Materials/Tsinghua University)

This discovery offers good research paper topics for your mechanical engineering or biotechnology class. Read more

The many facets of the war on terror — research paper topics

ISIS. Al Qaeda. Taliban. All three groups represent various tenets of Islamic fundamentalism, and all have been prominently featured in the news in terms of the war on terror.

Discuss the 9/11 attacks for your research paper on the war on terror. (Credit: limitstogrowth.org)

Discuss the 9/11 attacks for your research paper on the war on terror. (Credit: limitstogrowth.org)

Research paper topics on these groups, as well as on counterterrorism efforts against them, are just some of the ideas you could cover if you are writing on the war on terror for a history or political science class. Read more

Mental health research paper: Gain a sense of belonging

Everyone wants to feel like they belong to a group or community, but sometimes college students may feel like an outsider—a stranger in a strange land. First-generation college students and diverse students may feel especially isolated. Psychology studies have shown that for good student health, connection to others improves motivation, mental health and happiness.

Find out more about a sense of belonging. (Credit: chamasoft.com)

Find out more about a sense of belonging. (Credit: chamasoft.com)

For interesting research paper topics for your psychology or mental health class, consider exploring mental health news to uncover ways to develop a sense of belonging. Read more

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As a Questia user, the Research Tool Extension is going to become your new favorite perk of Questia. And if you’re not yet a Questia user, it’s a great reason to become a subscriber.

Check out Questia's all-new Research Tool Extension.

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King Richard III grave found: Archaeology or genetics term paper

For your term paper, consider writing about the 2012 discovery of a grave and skeleton in Leicester, England that was identified as belonging to King Richard III, the last English king to die in battle.

The discovery of a skeleton in 2012 was originally identified as King Richard III. (Credit: History Extra)

The discovery of a skeleton in 2012 was originally identified as King Richard III. (Credit: History Extra)

The story of the excavation, discovery of the skeleton and the DNA science that led to its identification would make interesting research paper topics for your British history, archaeology or genetics/genealogy class. Read more

Explore human rights and Sebastião Salgado for your next research paper

The extraordinary career of photographer Sebastião Salgado is chronicled in the documentary film Salt of the Earth. The movie takes a look at his career as an award-winning photographer, taking images of people around the world.

Salt of the Earth documentary discusses human rights. (Credit: The Culturist)

Salt of the Earth documentary discusses human rights. (Credit: The Culturist)

Many of his black-and-white photographs focus on human rights violations and human suffering from war zones and other areas of conflict. For your next research paper, consider discussing human rights or documentary filmmaking with focus on the Salt of the Earth documentary. Read more