Research paper topics: Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti, Florida

On Sunday, October 9, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Florida, clearing up federal funds to aid in cleanup and recovery efforts for the state. Hurricane Matthew battered the state over the weekend, and people evacuated coastal areas en masse. But though there was certainly damage in Florida, Haiti took the worst beating from the storm.

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

With over 400 deaths and massive damage, many Internet users were surprised at the lack of response from social media outlets such as Facebook, which has previously provided flag filters for profile pictures as a show of solidarity to areas affected by natural disasters or attacks. Consider research paper topics on disaster preparedness, natural disaster response or what some users have considered a lack of concern social media shows for poorer, non-white nations in distress. Read more

Tax reform research topics—Donald Trump and federal income tax

Speculation about how much Donald Trump has paid in federal income tax has been in the news for months. After the first debate, the interest has increased as leaked documents indicate the Republican presidential candidate may have not paid taxes for close to two decades.

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Learn more about tax reform here. (Credit: Rate Coalition)

How we generate revenue for the government is an issue that’s constantly being debated by politicians and everyday citizens. Valid ideas for tax reform that both sides could agree on is just one research paper idea to explore on this topic. Read more

Research paper topics: Twitter and the presidential debate

U.S. presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been squaring off on Twitter since June. But Twitter played an additional role in the recent conversation between the two candidates by livestreaming the presidential debate on September 26, 2016. The debate had over 84 million viewers across the 13 networks carrying it live, according to a Nielsen tally, but for viewers who have cut the cable and only have Internet, Twitter and Facebook provided an additional arena for watching the debate.

Find out how people followed the presidential election through Twitter. (Credit: The Daily Targum)

Find out how people followed the presidential election through Twitter. (Credit: The Daily Targum)

Twitter has had a continuing impact on news reporting and politics since the social media platform debuted in 2006. How the impact of Twitter has grown and changed, how the most recent U.S. presidential candidates are using it in the current election cycle or how President Obama became known as the first “meme president” could all be interesting research paper topics for your politics or journalism classes. Read more

Privatization pros and cons research paper topics

Privatization is when a business operation uses privately owned funds, compared to a public company that uses investors’ money traded on a stock exchange. Many services and industries are privatized, such as private prisons, education, healthcare and utilities.

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Learn more about the pros and cons of privatization. (Credit: Financial Tribune)

Good research paper topics are to write about the pros and cons of privatization. Read more

Economics research topics on climate change, the Olympics and the presidential campaign

Interesting research paper topics on the economy are to discuss economic development on the national and regional level. Current events economics, influenced by climate change, the Olympics and the presidential campaign, for example, can all affect national and regional economics.

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Learn more about economics on a national and regional level. (Credit: The National Herald)

Here are some term paper topics you might want to explore. Read more

The Founder and American entrepreneurship for your research paper

Many of America’s most successful entrepreneurs are well known names; Carnegie, Ford and Jobs come to mind. But while you know the business, McDonalds, you may not be familiar with the man behind its rise to fame. In the biopic, The Founder, Michael Keaton portrayed Ray Kroc who took the idea for a hamburger stand and turned it into an international success.

Learn more about The Founder movie and entrepreneurship for your research paper. (Credit: Daniel McFadden/The Weinstein Company and McDonald’s)

Learn more about The Founder movie and entrepreneurship for your research paper. (Credit: Daniel McFadden/The Weinstein Company and McDonald’s)

His story and that of other entrepreneurs could be what fuels your next research paper. Read more

Research topic: How will the Turkish coup impact human rights?

The recent Turkish coup, through which Turkey’s military tried to overthrow the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was unsuccessful. The military claimed to be fighting for human rights, which have come under fire in Turkey in recent years.

Learn more about the impact of human rights and the Turkish coup. (Credit: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Learn more about the impact of human rights and the Turkish coup. (Credit: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, their loss seems to have created even more human rights abuses by the government. A research paper could explore how the current immigrant crisis from Syria has contributed to the instability in Turkey and Europe. Read more

Research paper topics: How do political conventions work?

It is official. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will serve as the presidential candidates of their respective political parties. The announcements at the Democratic and Republican conventions came as no surprise since the two were the popular candidates in the polls. But prior to the conventions, there was discussion of a possible contested convention or brokered convention.

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Learn more about how political conventions work. (Credit: Northeastern)

If you’re looking for interesting research paper topics, consider looking at how the Democratic National Convention (DNC) or Republican National Convention work, or addressing what the conventions do to make a candidacy official. Read more

Minimum wage research paper topics

As the divide between the very rich and very poor keeps growing and the middle class is shrinking, the living wage movement is encouraging debate on a federal minimum wage increase and states raising the minimum wage.

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Learn more about the minimum wage debate. (Credit: Michael Reynolds/EPA/Newscom)

Here are some topics for research papers. Read more

Political campaign reform research paper topics

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 25 to July 28. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to accept her party’s nomination to run for president this November.

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Learn more about election reform for your research paper. (Credit: Ohiodcca.org)

Also at the convention, the Democratic Party will adopt the official Democratic Party Platform that will form the basis for the presidential campaign. So far, the political campaign process has generated more calls for election reform. The changing face of elections could be the focus of your next research paper. Read more