Research topic: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in Selma

Selma, the movie, the recently released film inspired by the events of the Civil Rights Movement as led by Martin Luther King Jr., not only offers a chance to reflect back on the history of segregation in the U.S., but also is an opportunity to address the continuing racial inequality our nation struggles with.

Scene from Selma movie with Martin Luther King Jr. and supporters. (Credit: Hive Society)

Scene from Selma movie with Martin Luther King Jr. and supporters. (Credit: Hive Society)

However, the film has come under scrutiny, even before its release, as to how accurately it portrays the historical events it is based upon. Read more

Reagan Vs. Mondale: 1984 Presidential Election as a historical research paper topic

In the 1984 Presidential Election, held on November 6, Ronald Reagan and George Bush were the Republican candidates.

1984 US Presidential Election Reagan vs. Mondale Results Map. (Credit: New World Encyclopedia)

1984 US Presidential Election Reagan vs. Mondale Results Map. (Credit: New World Encyclopedia)

For the Democratic Party, the candidates were former Vice President Walter Mondale and his running mate, Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York, who was the first woman nominated for a top office by a major party in the United States. Read more

Research topic: The true story behind American Sniper the movie

What is it like to be a soldier, particularly a sniper? American Sniper the movie, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, tells the true story of Chris Kyle, based on his memoir, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.

Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the book "American Sniper," poses in Midlothian, TX., in 2012. (Credit: Paul Moseley/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram via AP)

Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the book “American Sniper,” poses in Midlothian, TX., in 2012. (Credit: Paul Moseley/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram via AP)

It is a complex telling of one soldier’s experience, but nonetheless offers an opening to discuss the complexities of war and how to best support the military. Read more

Research topic: Time capsule buried by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams opened

Think a time capsule is something fun that you buried in your backyard as a kid? Well think again. What is believed to possibly be the oldest time capsule in the country, buried by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams over 200 years ago, was recently removed from the cornerstone of the Old State House Boston for conservationists at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to evaluate.

Contents from the recently removed time capsule. (Credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Contents from the recently removed time capsule. (Credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

If you’re interested in researching Samuel Adams or the history of Boston, consider discussing this latest trending topic. Read more

Discover historical aspects of “Unbroken” for your research paper

Some people’s lives are simply bigger than others. Louis Zamperini may just be the poster child for this. Director Angelina Jolie has made his harrowing tale of World War II survival, documented in the nonfiction bestseller Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, into a film.

Consider discussing "Unbroken" for your next research paper. (Credit: Barnabas Piper)

Consider discussing “Unbroken” for your next research paper. (Credit: Barnabas Piper)

The book, the film and the man’s life offer a range of research topics to consider, from the historical aspects surrounding the war to the psychological repercussions in terms of post-traumatic stress. Read more

US government policy toward Cuba for your research paper

Since 1962, the U.S. has maintained a Cuban embargo in an attempt to force the government of Cuba to adopt a representative democracy for the Cuban people.

Protestors wave Cuban and American flags in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Fla. on April 25, 2000. (Credit: Charles Trainor Jr, Miami Herald)

Protestors wave Cuban and American flags in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Fla. on April 25, 2000. (Credit: Charles Trainor Jr, Miami Herald)

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, President Obama issued a statement saying that U.S. government policy would change toward Cuba and diplomatic relations would expand. The unfolding events will make a great subject for a research paper. Read more

Auteur theory is a good filmmaking research paper topic

If you enjoy films or are interested in filmmaking, auteur theory may be a great research topic for you.

Auteur theory emphasises the director as the major creator of film art. (Credit: Film English)

Auteur theory emphasises the director as the major creator of film art. (Credit: Film English)

According to the auteur theory, the director provides the chief creative power of a film because the film reflects the director’s personal creative vision. Therefore, the director is considered the main “auteur” (the French word for “author”). The voice of the auteur is recognizable in the film even after studio influence and the production process. Read more

Term paper topics from Exodus: Gods and Kings

The holiday epic Bible movie, Exodus: Gods and Kings, from over-the-top director Ridley Scott, offers good research paper topics. The Hollywood movie tells the story of the Hebrew Moses who entreats Pharaoh Ramses to let the 600,000 slaves in Egypt leave as free people.

"Exodus: Gods and Kings" retells the story of Moses. (Credit: Screen Rant)

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” retells the story of Moses. (Credit: Screen Rant)

You could write term paper topics on the scientific explanations of the plagues and on the casting decisions Hollywood movie producers make to garner large audiences. Read more

Elections and voting rights research paper topics

Elections and voting rights provide many good research paper topics. Just a few are political campaign strategies for modern times, the definition of gerrymandering and its effects on democracy, and a history of voting rights.

The first “gerrymandered” voting district looks like a salamander. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The first “gerrymandered” voting district looks like a salamander. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Evolution of campaigning

One topic you can write about elections is the quickly changing environment of campaigning and ways to gauge the voting public just over the past few years. Read more

Anthropology news for your research paper

There is always new research being done in the vast field of anthropology and many resources for learning more about it.

Anthropology offers many fascinating research topic ideas. (Credit: anthropology-news.org)

Anthropology offers many fascinating research topic ideas. (Credit: anthropology-news.org)

Here are some recent discoveries and research in cultural anthropology that might make good research paper topics. Read more