Racial profiling: Topics for research papers

For your term paper in American law or civil law, some good research paper topics might be to tackle the subject of racial profiling.

A recent hot debate being discussed includes racial profiling. (Credit: Ruth Manuel-Logan, News One)

A recent hot debate being discussed includes racial profiling. (Credit: Ruth Manuel-Logan, News One)

What is racial profiling, how prevalent is it, who are the victims and how can we prevent racial profiling are all good topics for research papers. Read more

Write about Jack the Ripper in your criminology research paper

For more than 125 years the world has speculated about the identity of Jack the Ripper. Armchair detective Russell Edwards, in his book Naming Jack the Ripper, claims the mystery has been solved thanks to forensic and DNA evidence.

Due to DNA evidence, the mystery of Jack the Ripper has been solved. (Credit: The London Dungeon)

Due to DNA evidence, the mystery of Jack the Ripper has been solved. (Credit: The London Dungeon)

With this new research, the Jack the Ripper victims can rest in peace and the other Jack the Ripper suspects will have their names cleared. Why have Jack the Ripper and other famous serial killers fascinated us for so long? Exploring research in criminology and crime scene investigations provides answers. Read more

Explore History Channel’s “Harry Houdini” in your next research paper

The History Channel mini series on magician Harry Houdini starring Adrien Brody demonstrates how we just can’t get enough of this master of magic and illusion.

Adrien Brody plays Harry Houdini in the History Channel mini series. (Credit: Colin Hutton)

Adrien Brody plays Harry Houdini in the History Channel mini series. (Credit: Colin Hutton)

But does the TV mini series do justice to Houdini’s legacy? Could there be more behind his great escapes? What was true and what was myth about the man originally born as Erik Weisz? These questions can be the impetus for many research paper topics to explore. Read more

Women in the Revolutionary War: From Boycotts to Battlefields

Are you searching for research paper topics for a U.S. history class? How about writing a paper on women in the Revolutionary War?

The Pentagon opened combat roles to women during the Revolutionary War. (Credit: Currier & Ives, Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons)

The Pentagon opened combat roles to women during the Revolutionary War. (Credit: Currier & Ives, Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons)

Women played a crucial role in the American Revolution (1775-1783) in a variety of ways, including boycotting goods to fighting on the battlefields. This was a period marked by controversies for women. On one hand, their roles were limited by the traditional stereotypes and regulations, while on the other, women felt the influence of the revolutionary spirit. Read more

Examining death penalty from Executed in your research paper

The death penalty is a highly controversial subject today. Close to 100 countries have abolished the practice while others still have capital punishment on the books, but have not used execution in years.

Cell in which those facing the death penalty reside. (Credit: ITV)

Cell in which those facing the death penalty reside. (Credit: ITV)

The practice is frequently debated in the United States—whether it is constitutional, humane, or racist—with even more criticism of late due to a recent botched execution. An ITV documentary, Executed, that aired on British television, offered a look at death penalty pros and cons, although many viewed the film to be too one-sided. Read more

Research paper topic: Racism in America

The police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on August 9, 2014, has sparked discussion on racism in America. Many allege that Brown was shot because of racial profiling and institutional discrimination within our criminal justice system.

Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaks of racism during a press conference. (Credit: Michael B. Thomas, Getty Images)

Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaks of racism during a press conference. (Credit: Michael B. Thomas, Getty Images)

There is a lot of disagreement regarding the effect of racism and discrimination in law enforcement and the courts. How would you approach this subject in a research paper? Read more

Explore Secret State of North Korea for your next research paper

On September 2, 2014, PBS aired an encore presentation of the Frontline documentary, Secret State of North Korea. Viewers got a look inside this isolated country and its enigmatic ruler, Kim Jong-Un, who is the world’s youngest dictator.

Kim Jong-Un, the world's youngest dictator, rules North Korea. (Credit: tumblr.com)

Kim Jong-Un, the world’s youngest dictator, rules North Korea. (Credit: tumblr.com)

As in the regime of his predecessor and father, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, human rights of the Korean people are being subjugated as a matter of policy. Drawing on undercover footage and interviews, this documentary exposes the harsh conditions of daily life and the courage of those who are working to erode the regime’s influence. Read more

History research paper: World War I and White House burning

Among the good research paper topics for your world history research paper this semester would be discussing some historical milestones. The year 2014 is the centennial of the start of World War I.

One event in history includes the burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

One event in history includes the burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

The June 28, 1914, assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo led a month later to the official start of the war. This year is also the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House by the British. Read more

Discussing capital punishment in your research paper

Capital punishment, also called the death penalty, is a controversial subject. Many people are fiercely on one side of the debate or the other.

The debate on capital punishment heavily weighs the pros and cons. (Credit: AGN News Editorial)

The debate on capital punishment heavily weighs the pros and cons. (Credit: AGN News Editorial)

Some possible ideas for good research paper topics include:

  • Define capital punishment and discuss pros and cons of capital punishment

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Research paper topic on Shark Week: More fact or fiction?

Fans may still be tuning in, but that doesn’t mean that many aren’t furious with the Discovery Channel, which has yet again offered up mostly fictitious programming during their now infamous Shark Week. This season’s “catch”?

Shark Week presents issues of what is fact or fiction. (Credit: SharkWeek.tumbler)

Shark Week presents issues of what is fact or fiction. (Credit: SharkWeek.tumbler)

That would be Shark of Darkness: The Wrath of Submarine, which follows on the heels of last year’s Megalodon Mockumentary. Will the lack of facts create yet another Shark Week controversy? Read more