Trends in literary theory research paper topics

Literary theory is the study of literature and its significance for culture and historical perspective. Some good research paper topics could be to define literary theory and discuss various aspects of literary criticism.

A brief explanation on literary theory. (Credit: Slideshare)

A brief explanation on literary theory. (Credit: Slideshare)

You could also write your term paper on some new trends in literary theory such as environmental theory and gender queer theory. Here are some ideas to get you started. Read more

Research topic: Marvel Comics and the history of comic books

The history of comic books now spans several generations. As Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary and unveils a new slate of comic book movies to come in the next five years, the genre is rich with research paper topics.

Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary. (Credit: Comic Vine)

Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary. (Credit: Comic Vine)

Start from looking at the issues of crime and justice in comics to the way comic books have handled gender and race issues. Read more

Gothic literature and vampire movies for your next research paper

On October 10, 2014, the film Dracula Untold opened worldwide. Unlike other vampire movies, this film weaves vampire mythology with historical facts about Prince Vlad, the Impaler. Vampire films and the history on which they are based can combine into a good research paper topic.

You can use "Dracula Untold" in your next literature research paper. (Credit: Live Journal)

You can use “Dracula Untold” in your next literature research paper. (Credit: Live Journal)

If you’re looking for a topic in literature, consider writing a research paper on gothic literature and its part in film and mythology. Here are a few gory details to get you started on your research paper. Read more

The debate on assisted suicide for your research paper

What would you do if you were given only six months to live? Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard was faced with that question when she was diagnosed with a devastating form of brain cancer. The former San Francisco resident was told she was terminally ill. She opted to move, with her husband, to Oregon where assisted suicide is legal.

A quote by Brittany Maynard, who recently took on assisted suicide due to terminal brain cancer. (Credit: YouTube)

A quote by Brittany Maynard, who recently took on assisted suicide due to terminal brain cancer. (Credit: YouTube)

Maynard’s decision has been covered extensively in the news and opened up a huge debate on the issue of whether terminally ill patients have a right to die at a time of their own choosing. Read more

Reveal attacks on press freedom for your research paper

Jon Stewart unveiled his directorial debut, Rosewater on November 7, 2014, at the Telluride Film Festival. Best known as a political satirist and star of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Stewart chose to tackle a very serious subject, press freedom, for his first film.

Gael Garcia Bernal  deals with press freedom attacks in 'Rosewater.' (Credit: Jenny Nuff)

Gael Garcia Bernal deals with press freedom attacks in ‘Rosewater.’ (Credit: Jenny Nuff)

The Rosewater movie is based on the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari who was held at Iran’s Evin prison for 118 days. The script, also written by Jon Stewart, was adapted from Bahari’s memoir, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. Look to the Rosewater film for inspiration for your next research paper on journalists and press freedom. Read more

Effects of California drought for your research paper

Some good research paper topics could be to write about the current years-long California drought, one of the most severe droughts on record. Farmers are especially hard hit as California is one of the biggest agricultural producers in the country.

This image shows the spread of “exceptional” drought in California. The latest data is from July 30, 2014. (Credit: The National Weather Service)

This image shows the spread of “exceptional” drought in California. The latest data is from July 30, 2014. (Credit: The National Weather Service)

Water shortages are pervasive and water conservation is key. For your next term paper, consider writing about the drought in California and its affects for the state and for the global economy. Read more

Six good psychology research topics for college students

You don’t need to feel like a rat in a maze to find good psychology research topics for college students. Questia, your online research library and paper writing resource, contains thousands of scholarly articles and books.

Psychology has many topics to choose from for a research paper. (Credit: Psychology Schools)

Psychology has many topics to choose from for a research paper. (Credit: Psychology Schools)

Psychology encompasses a broad and continuous study of the mind, tracing back from ancient civilization through modern day today. This complex study has grown throughout the years covering numerous subjects of science that are categorized in six major branches. Below are brief descriptions of each one to help you find a research topic that interests you. Read more

Research paper topics: Common Core and educational standards

The political controversy swirling around the Common Core curriculum of educational standards shows no sign of abating.

Explore the Common Core curriculum for your educational research paper. (Credit: councilforeconed.org)

Explore the Common Core curriculum for your educational research paper. (Credit: councilforeconed.org)

While looking into the need and impetus for educational standards makes an excellent idea for a term paper, other research paper topics around the Common Core, from its focus on improving critical thinking skills to whether it has been effective thus far, would also be interesting to explore in more depth. Read more

Research topic on “Meet the Mormons” and religious stereotypes

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon Church, is not well understood by many outside of its temples. But a new documentary, Meet the Mormons, hopes to challenge many of the preconceived religious stereotypes that surround the religion by looking at six homes where the religion is practiced.

The "Meet the Mormons" documentary has its share of critics. (Credit: Deseret News)

The “Meet the Mormons” documentary has its share of critics. (Credit: Deseret News)

Infomercial or documentary

During Meet the Mormons, viewers meet an engineer from Nepal, a coach from the U.S. Naval Academy, a kickboxer from Costa Rica, an African-American academic counselor, a retired colonel and a single mom. What does this diverse group all have in common? According to the documentary, it is their religion, one Meet the Mormons clearly wants to promote as diverse. But the Mormon Church has not historically been known for its diversity. Read more

Criminal justice topics for your research paper

With all the fervor over the recent shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in the news, college students in criminal justice class should be able to find good research paper topics.

Criminal justice reform ad rejected by the City of Philadelphia. (Credit: NAACP.org)

Criminal justice reform ad rejected by the City of Philadelphia. (Credit: NAACP.org)

One topic for your term paper is the perceived racial bias in the criminal justice system. Other possible topics are the positive link between criminal justice and the Affordable Care Act, and Pope Francis’ condemnation of the death penalty. Read more