Research topic: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Time Person of the Year

Despite the horrendously unflattering portrait of Angela Merkel on the cover of the magazine, the German Chancellor deserved being named Time Person of the Year for 2015.

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Learn more about German Chancellor Angela Merkel for your research paper. (Credit: Confused Sandals)

Some interesting research paper topics on Angela Merkel, called the most powerful woman in the world, include her achievements and the small number of women chosen by Time magazine for the honor. Read more

The challenge of protecting human rights for your research paper

Among international relations topics the subject of human rights takes center stage. Now, more than ever, leaders find that they must ensure that fundamental rights of people take precedence over those of corporations and even nations.

Human rights is a good topic to cover for your sociology research paper. (Credit: iStock)

Human rights is a good topic to cover for your sociology research paper. (Credit: iStock)

Human rights exist at the intersection of corporate social responsibility, climate change and economic growth. So important and encompassing is this issue that you will find it to be a compelling topic for your next research paper. Read more

Research topic: Discuss animation in the Peanuts Movie

Good grief! Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang have returned to the animated screen in the new Blue Sky Studios Peanuts Movie. But unlike their annual holiday appearances in films like A Charlie Brown Christmas, Blue Sky Studios features them in a whole new way: 3d. Using this modern animation style rather than the 2d animation more nostalgic fans find familiar, Blue Sky Studios hopes to introduce the Peanuts characters to a new generation.

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Learn more about how animation was used in the Peanuts Movie. (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

But has it worked? Or have nostalgic viewers held back from embracing the new format? If you are considering a research paper topic for your animation or history of comics class, take a look at The Peanuts Movie. Read more

Research topic: Are home-grown hate groups our largest domestic terrorism threat?

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA. The news came hardly a week after the shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility on Friday, November 27, 2015. Were these acts of domestic terrorism?

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Find out more on the topic of domestic terrorism. (Credit: CREDO)

The Planned Parenthood incident has prompted criticism of political rhetoric that may fuel home-grown hate groups and inflame individuals who are mentally unbalanced. It’s a question that deserves exploration in your next research paper. Read more

Research paper: COP21 climate talks in Paris

Good research paper topics are the current negotiations at the climate talks going on in Paris. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty to discuss the effects of global warming and to stabilize emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that leads to global climate change.

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Learn more about the current climate talks here. (Credit: diplomatie.gouv.fr)

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the association of countries that participate in the convention. COP21 is the twenty-first conference addressing climate change and carbon emission taking place in Paris in November/December 2015. Read more

Science education research paper topics

Science education in the United States is still lagging behind other First World countries. Many people have suggested new teaching methods and strategies to encourage students to pursue and enjoy studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

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Learn more about science education here. (Credit: Mashable)

Here are some interesting research paper topics on science education for teaching STEM fields. Read more

Examine landmark Supreme Court cases for your research paper

On Friday, November 13, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear legal arguments on a challenge to a Texas law pertaining to abortion. This will be the first major abortion case before the court since it upheld a federal ban on late-term abortions in 2007.

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Learn more about Supreme Court cases. (Credit: uss-america)

When asked to name landmark Supreme Court cases, most people think of Roe v. Wade, which established the legality of abortions. But there are many cases that have shaped the legal environment in the U.S. and they would make for an exciting research paper project. Read more

Research paper topics: How sleep deprivation affects the human body

Think that sleep deprivation and insomnia aren’t a big deal? Extended lack of sleep has major health consequences and many negative impacts on the human body.

Are you affected by sleep deprivation? (Credit: Flickr)

Are you affected by sleep deprivation? (Credit: Flickr)

Although the area of sleep medicine is a newer field, there are a host of research paper topics to explore in terms of why we need sleep and what keeps us from getting the sleep we require. Read more

Investigative journalism as your communications research topic

The Spotlight movie explores The Boston Globe’s Spotlight journalism team’s uncovering of the sexual abuse of Catholic priests in the Boston diocese from conception, through investigative reporting to publication. The movie specifically highlights the methods used by the journalists to uncover a very carefully hidden secret.

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Learn more about investigative journalism. (Credit: Joyce’s Choices)

Topics for research papers for your journalism or communications class could talk about the role of investigative journalism in reporting important news. Read more

Research paper topics on autism spectrum disorder

The rates of autism spectrum disorder in U.S. children have risen dramatically in the past several decades. Researchers have not yet been able to determine why so many more children have been diagnosed with one of these developmental disorders. However efforts are increasing to destigmatize autism through awareness, including a new Sesame Street character.

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Learn more about autism spectrum disorder. (Credit: The Indian Panorama)

Research paper topics abound on the issue—from studies as to what causes autism to what can be done to prevent future diagnoses to how to best teach these children and prepare them for their futures. Read more