Civil War nurses: Why are battlefield angels the unsung heroes?

Richard F. Welch recently wrote “A Civil War Love Story” for The New York Times Opinionator blog. It tells the story of Arabella Wharton Griffith, one of the volunteer nurses in the United States Sanitary Commission, the forerunner of the Red Cross. Griffith died of typhus 150 years ago in 1864. Her husband, Francis Channing Barlow, was one of only a few men who entered the Civil War as an enlisted man and ended it as a general.

A preliminary sketch of one of many Civil War nurses, Arabella Wharton Griffith, at the Sedgwick Division Field Hospital. (Credit: The Civil War Roundtable)

A preliminary sketch of one of many Civil War nurses, Arabella Wharton Griffith, at the Sedgwick Division Field Hospital. (Credit: The Civil War Roundtable)

In 1895, as he lay near death, Barlow told a visiting friend, “The finest monument in this country” would be built to commemorate the “loyal women of the Civil War.” However, most Civil War nurses remain unknown today. So, why are these “Battlefield Angels” the unsung heroes 150 years later? Read more

Good research paper topics on special education

Good research paper topics for special education teaching could include debates about mainstreaming special needs children into public school, the obligations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and new developments in teaching children with autism.

Special education should be tailored to students’ specific needs. (Credit: EdGeeks)

Special education should be tailored to students’ specific needs. (Credit: EdGeeks)

Here are some discussions of issues relevant to special ed and teaching children with intellectual disabilities that you could focus on for your next term paper. Read more

Use “Mission Blue” for your next marine biology research paper topic

Worried about saving the planet? Well, oceanographer Sylvia Earle would say that we should start by saving the ocean. Earle is at the center of the Mission Blue documentary by Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens, which opened in early 2014.

DJ And Sylvia Shooting. (Credit: Kip Evans/Mission Blue)

DJ And Sylvia Shooting. (Credit: Kip Evans/Mission Blue)

The film not only captures the damage being done to earth’s oceans, but also showcases Earle’s fascinating life and barrier-breaking work in the sea. If you’re interested in learning more about oceanography, marine biology or water pollution, you should use the Mission Blue documentary as your main research topic. Read more

Mars exploration: Astronomy research paper topic

The joint is jumping – on Mars! A good research topic for your science, engineering or astronomy class is to report on the exciting new projects happening on the Red Planet.

View of Victoria Crater from panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. (Credit: JPL.NASA.gov)

View of Victoria Crater from panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. (Credit: JPL.NASA.gov)

Recent science articles report how the Opportunity rover broke the record for off-Earth travel, and how a new lander will research Martian soil, minerals and atmosphere. Consult science and technology journals and websites for information on Mars exploration. Read more

Research paper topic ideas on immigration

The U.S. Congress missed its August 1, 2014, deadline for dealing with the thousands of child refugees at the U.S.-Mexican border. On Thursday, July 31, it became apparent that debate on immigration had stalled, leaving the asylum seekers with no resolution.

'Time Is Now' Immigration Reform Rally. (Credit: David Sachs / SEIU / Flickr)

‘Time Is Now’ Immigration Reform Rally. (Credit: David Sachs / SEIU / Flickr)

In July 2014, President Obama had asked Congress for $3.7 billion in supplemental funding to deal with the humanitarian crisis at the border. Yet the Republican-controlled House of Representatives could not reach an agreement on the passage of a $659 million funding proposal backed by the House leadership. For your next research paper, look to some ideas including illegal immigration, immigration reform or immigration policy for help. Read more

Dystopian literature is catching fire

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins consists of The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009), and Mockingjay (2010). The first two books in the series were both New York Times best sellers, and Mockingjay topped all U.S. bestseller lists upon its release.

The Hunger Games trilogy is a form of dystopian literature. (Credit: Lionsgate)

The Hunger Games trilogy is a form of dystopian literature. (Credit: Lionsgate)

The popularity of these young adult science fiction adventure novels has created a corresponding surge in interest in dystopian literature. Read more

Ebola virus outbreak for your health research paper

The latest Ebola virus outbreak has claimed the lives of more than 670 people in West Africa in the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Two doctors from the United States are the latest to be diagnosed with the severe and generally fatal infection.

A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (Credit: AFP Photo / Seyllou)

A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (Credit: AFP Photo / Seyllou)

Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that a man arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, on an international flight, already sick with Ebola, and died there on July 25. This raises concerns about the disease being transmitted beyond Africa. For your next research paper, you can focus your topic on the Ebola virus itself or health in third world countries. Read more

Research topic debate on women in space

Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy opened on August 1, and recently, Zoe Saldana spoke to Devin Faraci of Badass Digest about how roles for women in spacemeaning roles for women actors in science fiction and fantasy films (SFF)are better than their counterparts in more realistic films. But while there may be more empowered roles cropping up in SFF films, are things really “better for women in space,” as Saldana quipped?

A history of women who have gone to space. (Credit: SpaceKate.com)

A history of women who have gone to space. (Credit: SpaceKate.com)

If you’re looking for a good research paper topic in women’s studies, film studies, or science fiction, take a look at the reality of both women in science fiction and fantasy and female astronauts. Spoiler alert: it’s not as rosy as the Hollywood version. Read more

Conflict in Gaza for your Middle Eastern history research paper topic

The Israeli Palestinian conflict has created a humanitarian crisis with little hope for resolution. On Thursday July 24, 2014, an estimated 16 civilians were killed and more than 200 wounded when the Israeli army shelled a United Nations shelter in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian girls run away after an Israeli air strike on a house in the northern Gaza Strip. (Credit: Reuters)

Palestinian girls run away after an Israeli air strike on a house in the northern Gaza Strip. (Credit: Reuters)

These deaths have raised the death toll in the West Bank to more than 815, many of whom are civilians. Many in the Arab world decry the extremist group Hamas for its part in spurring the conflict. By taking a look at the history of the Middle East, you can focus your next research paper on the current conflict in Gaza and how it escalated to this extent. Read more

How to research ethics in communication (Hint: with integrity)

Social and ethical issues in journalism and other communications, such as public relations, business communications and information science, are good research paper topics for your ethics term paper.

Rupert Murdoch Getting Schooled In Journalism Ethics. (Credit: Rob Tornoe)

Rupert Murdoch Getting Schooled In Journalism Ethics. (Credit: Rob Tornoe)

Here are some debates and issues of ethics in journalism you can discuss and a list of databases and resources for more research. Read more