5 most viewed Questia blog posts of 2015

Another year has gone by so we thought now is a good time to stroll down memory lane and share with you our most viewed blog posts of 2015.

Check out our list of the 5 most viewed blog posts. You might see one you haven’t viewed before! Read more

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

How much truth in “based on a true story?”: Using the Everest movie as a research paper topic

“That only happens in the movies,” people say, lending to the idea that films aren’t the most credible sources, even those that are based on a true story. But is it possible for a feature film’s primary responsibility to be to present the true facts, to tell a good story, or to do both? In the Everest movie, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and Keira Knightly, among other A-list actors, director Baltasar Kormákur worked to incorporate a large degree of authenticity into the story of Beck Weathers and others who, in 1996, were on Mount Everest on its deadliest day up to that point.

How much of the Everest movie is based on a true story? (Credit: Icy Tales)

How much of the Everest movie is based on a true story? (Credit: Icy Tales)

Weathers’s book Left for Dead was one of the major sources for the film, which, according to critics, is high on cinematography and realism–possibly at the expense of the plot. For your next research paper topic in film studies, consider looking at the balance of plot vs. realism in the man vs. nature film, Everest. Read more

Media studies research topic: Michael Moore and documentary films

It has been six years since Michael Moore released his last documentary film, Capitalism: A Love Story.

Learn more about Michael Moore's latest documentary film. (Credit: Listal.com)

Learn more about Michael Moore’s latest documentary film. (Credit: Listal.com)

His latest effort, Where to Invade Next, was unveiled during the Toronto International Film Festival and poses a range of interesting research paper topics. Read more

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