Research paper topic: The true cost of the fashion industry

The fashion industry has managed to make stratospheric profits by producing affordable trendy clothes and lots of them. These profits are made possible by thousands of workers who labor in sweatshops for pennies an hour. “Fast fashion” as it is called, is made largely overseas where human rights take a back seat to production and profit.

Find out more about the fashion industry. (Credit: CNN Money)

Find out more about the fashion industry. (Credit: CNN Money)

What social responsibility do companies like the Gap and Wal-Mart owe to their workers? One of the top documentary films of 2015, The True Cost, will inform you and inspire you to write your next research paper. Read more

Research topic: Depicting censorship and police abuse

The new biopic movie Straight Outta Compton chronicles the rise of the gangsta rap group N.W.A. (Ni**as With Attitude) whose first studio album “Straight Outta Compton” in 1988 revolutionized hip hop music and culture. Controversy erupted when N.W.A. songs contained lyrics depicting the brutal truth about living in Compton, a poor and racially charged town in southern Los Angeles County.

See how censorship, police abuse and law enforcement are viewed in Straight Outta Compton. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

See how censorship, police abuse and law enforcement are viewed in Straight Outta Compton. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

The movie offers interesting research paper topics on censorship, police abuse and law enforcement. Read more

Research paper: The use of symbolism in art

In the continuing search for good research paper topics, consider looking into the use of symbolism in art. Just as in literature, those who express themselves through media such as paint, clay or even architecture often use symbols as a way to further their own artistic expression. Dream symbols and color symbolism are just two symbolism examples.

Can you spot the symbolism in this art piece? (Credit: Prisma Archivo/Alamy)

Can you spot the symbolism in this art piece? (Credit: Prisma Archivo/Alamy)

You might think that all symbolic art is abstract art but that’s not the case. Beginning with cave drawings and progressing through today, artists continue to elevate the meaning of their work through the use of symbols. Read more

Gustav Klimt artwork Woman in Gold term paper topic

Elements of the movie Woman in Gold would make good research paper topics. The true story is about an elderly Jewish survivor of World War II who sues the Austrian government for the return of the Gustav Klimt artwork “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” also known as the Woman in Gold, which was stolen by the Nazis.

Learn more about the Woman in Gold artwork for your research paper. (Credit: BBC Films)

Learn more about the Woman in Gold artwork for your research paper. (Credit: BBC Films)

For your art history or history class, consider writing a term paper on the legal and historical aspects of the famous painting. 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

What you don’t know about architecture, but should

For your architecture research paper, consider combing through architecture databases and Architecture magazine website articles for interesting developments in the field. For example, some good research paper topics could include the activities of Architecture for Humanity, which is providing refugee shelters; the winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize for architectural designs; or the social experience of architectural enthusiasm.

Haesley Nine Bridges designed by the 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban. (Credit: JongOh Kim)

A unique piece of architecture includes the Haesley Nine Bridges, designed by the 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban. (Credit: JongOh Kim)

Architects help refugees

With large populations of refugees from natural disasters and political unrest, places like Haiti, Syria and Lagos, Nigeria have sizeable refugee camps. Read more

Monuments Men movie: Art history topic for research paper

Lt. Dale Ford (left) and translator Harry Ettlinger (right) recover a self-portrait by Rembrandt from the Heilbronn-Kochendorf salt mines. (Credit: History Vs Hollywood)

Lt. Dale Ford (left) and translator Harry Ettlinger (right) recover a self-portrait by Rembrandt from the Heilbronn-Kochendorf salt mines. (Credit: History Vs Hollywood)

The recent Monuments Men movie starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, is remarkably accurate for a Hollywood production. Many of the characters and locations were based on real people and places. For good research paper topics, watch the movie for the basis of the dramatic story, then consult a scholarly article on art preservation, or research some best history books on World War II operations or biographies of real Monuments Men and women. Read more

Research topic on Tim’s Vermeer, the Penn & Teller art documentary about Johannes Vermeer

Penn & Teller at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Credit: Angela George)

Penn & Teller at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Credit: Angela George)

Penn & Teller, the famous magicians, may not be the first names that spring to mind when you think of an art documentary. But their film, Tim’s Vermeer, provides an interesting look into the connection between art and technology as viewed through the paintings of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. For your next art or film research paper topic, it’s worth it to watch the film and provide your own synopsis on the documentary.

A synopsis of Tim’s Vermeer

The Tim in Tim’s Vermeer is Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor and software developer, who became focused on how artists, particularly 17th-century Dutch artists such as Johannes Vermeer, created an interpretation of reality when they painted. Read more

Brainstorm current trends for term paper research topics

Brainstorming.

Brainstorming.

Get a head start on your term paper by browsing websites and news outlets for current trends. To help you decide, here are some sources for research topics and some ideas for term paper subjects, for each field of study.

For more advice on choosing a topic, Cengage Learning’s “Business Resources for Students” says to ask yourself: “Can the subject be properly covered? Consider whether you can adequately explore the subject in the number of pages you are allowed. …You may not have enough information to fill a longer paper if your subject is defined too narrowly.” Read more

So you want to be an architect? Study architecture books and articles on Frank Lloyd Wright, Medieval, Islamic, and Renaissance architectural styles

Architecture booksIn celebration of 2013’s National Architecture Week, Questia is promoting a portion of its archive devoted to architecture books and articles for undergraduates pursuing architectural studies. Top architects continue to command major media attention and Toyo Ito, a Japanese architect, is no exception having recently been awarded his profession’s top honor, the Pritzer Architecture Prize.

Architecture, which is the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings, takes us back to more than 10,000 years to the Neolithic period, or the latter part of the Stone Age. Read more