Why proper grammar ranks high among job skills

On September 7, 2015, at a One Direction concert, singer Harry Styles proved that he is more than a rock star. Noticing a poster being held by a sixteen-year-old fan, the singer asked that the poster be brought to him. He then took a marker and corrected the spelling and grammar, autographed the item and returned it to the teen who tweeted her appreciation.

One Direction's Harry Styles corrected a fan's grammar during a concert. (Credit: BBC.co.uk)

One Direction’s Harry Styles corrected a fan’s grammar during a concert. (Credit: BBC.co.uk)

It’s a good idea to develop good communication skills as part of our repertoire of job skills. Knowing how to write and use proper spelling, punctuation and grammar can make a big difference in your career success. Let’s look at how to improve your writing skills. Read more

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

5 smart questions you must ask during your job interview

You are officially entering the workforce. It’s interview season for you! It’s very important to walk into every interview fully prepared. At your job interview you’ll hear frequently asked questions about the job requirements and about your qualifications. But often the most terrifying question is, “Do you have any questions for me?”

Ace your interview with the right questions. (Credit: Syda Productions / Dollar Photo Club)

Ace your interview with the right questions. (Credit: Syda Productions / Dollar Photo Club)

It’s easy to think that the interview process is all about the prospective employer getting to know you. But when they want to know what questions you have for them, you need to sound intelligent, knowledgeable about the company and interested in the job. The worst thing you can do is say, “No.” You are a new business professional in the working world, so the job interview questions you ask need to reveal your personality, knowledge of the company and ability to succeed in the job. Read more

Barry Crimmins: Standup comedy and activism for your research paper

While you’ve probably heard of standup comedy legends Bobcat Goldthwait and Patton Oswalt, you may not know about the man they consider a mentor and an inspiration – Barry Crimmins. Now you can learn about the comedian, the man and his cause in the film Call Me Lucky, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.

The antipornography activist and comic Barry Crimmins. (Credit: MPI Media Group)

The antipornography activist and comic Barry Crimmins. (Credit: MPI Media Group)

A fixture in the Boston standup community for many years, Crimmins took on the role of social activist when he revealed that as a child he had been subjected to repeated physical abuse. Crimmins’s story will inspire you to explore his cause against abusers and Internet pornography for your next research paper. Read more

5 tips to recover from a mistake in the workplace

I forgot to call that important client. I can’t remember where I filed that report needed for the presentation. Did you do something monumentally bad at work? And wonder how you’ll ever recover?

It's possible to recover from a workplace mistake. (Credit: Shutterstock)

It’s possible to recover from a workplace mistake. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Here are five tips for ethics in the workplace after a major fail and how you can show you’re a business professional. Read more

Bilingual education pros and cons as your research topic

Good research paper topics are to discuss various aspects of bilingual education. Some say teaching children in their native language can help them grasp concepts more easily, while they learn English. Others advocate for English-only so children gain proficiency in English more quickly.

Learn more about bilingual education for your research paper. (Credit: Livingbilingual.com)

Learn more about bilingual education for your research paper. (Credit: Livingbilingual.com)

Other critics say all students, whether immigrant or not, should be multilingual so they can better compete in a global market. California Senator Ricardo Lara introduced a bill to bring bilingual education back to his state. Read more

Cover the first Republican debate in your research paper

The actual 2016 election may still be more than 14 months away, but Republican voters had a chance to check out the Republican presidential candidates in the first debate of the election cycle on Thursday, August 6, 2015. But with 19 candidates currently vying for the nomination, one of the most interesting things about the presidential debate is that only the top 10 candidates will be participating.

Learn more about the first Republican debate. (Credit: Politico)

Learn more about the first Republican debate. (Credit: Politico)

And then of course, everyone was curious as to what Donald Trump would do. For your next communication or political science research paper, consider discussing the topics covered and the presidential candidates’ responses as your topic. Read more

Top 10 common grammar mistakes to avoid for student success

College students should avoid making common spelling and grammar mistakes when writing a research paper. A small mistake with an easy word will make your paper look sloppy and unorganized, and your teachers will wonder how accurately you researched the rest of your paper (and how you’ve gotten away with making these mistakes for so long!). Follow these 10 simple tips for college research papers.

Knowing proper grammar will keep you from making mistakes. (Credit: Flickr.com)

Knowing proper grammar will keep you from making mistakes. (Credit: Flickr.com)

“We’re big advocates of conversational writing that’s engaging, persuasive, and fun.… On the other hand, making some grammatical errors just makes you look bad, and hurts your effectiveness. Sometimes we even misuse words simply because we hear others use them incorrectly,” explained Brain Clark in “15 grammar goofs that make you look silly,” on CopyBlogger. Take a look at our list of top 10 grammar mistakes below. Read more

Inside Out movie and the psychology of emotions for your research paper

If you think that animated films are just for kids then the Inside Out movie will change your mind. In a twist on the traditional plot format, Inside Out features five main characters in the form of basic human emotions inside a young girl named Riley. The story follows the efforts of these emotions in helping young Riley adjust to a move from Minneapolis to San Francisco.

Learn more about the emotions featured in Inside Out. (Credit: Pixar Post)

Learn more about the emotions featured in Inside Out. (Credit: Pixar Post)

It’s an inventive illustration of how emotional intelligence, short-term and long-term memory converge to help the individual to grow and adjust through life’s challenges. You might want to consider exploring the psychology of emotions for your next research paper. Read more

TV show Orphan Black characters: Innovations in filmmaking

The BBC America/Canadian sci-fi television show Orphan Black just wrapped up its third season with the versatile actress Tatiana Maslany having played more than a dozen different characters, all clones in a secret scientific experiment.

Actress Tatiana Maslany has played over a dozen roles on the show Orphan Black. (Credit: BBC America)

Actress Tatiana Maslany has played over a dozen roles on the show Orphan Black. (Credit: BBC America)

An interesting research paper topic for your television or filmmaking production class is to write about the many ways this boundary-pushing show has made advances in camera work and costume makeup techniques to distinguish the many different Orphan Black characters. Read more