Research paper: The electoral college

As the 2016 presidential election recedes in our rearview mirror, pundits will ponder and dissect the political campaign for months to come. Although Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote, she lost the electoral college votes, and the White House, to Donald Trump.

Learn more about how the electoral college works. (Credit: US Elections)

Learn more about how the electoral college works. (Credit: US Elections)

Every election cycle seems to end with a call to do away with the electoral college. Whether we should do that makes for a very timely research paper topic. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Recognize National Aviation History Month

During the month of November we recognize National Aviation History Month and its dedication to explore and celebrate America’s great contributions and achievements in the development of aviation.

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Learn more about aviation and its history. (Credit: WLpapers)

Read more on the history of aviation here – FREE for the next month. Read more

Documentary film on James Baldwin offers research paper topics

The documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro, works from the writings of James Baldwin to tell not only the writer’s story, but also a story of the Civil Rights movement.

Learn more about the late James Baldwin for your research paper. (Credit: Esquire)

Learn more about the late James Baldwin for your research paper. (Credit: Esquire)

Baldwin is a central figure in African-American literature and offers many avenues to explore in a research paper, including his unfinished book profiling Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. Read more

The history of presidential impeachment—research paper ideas

Presidential impeachment is a serious act that the United States has only undertaken four times. A research paper could examine the historical precedents for such a political event.

Learn more about how a presidential impeachment works. (Credit: Getty Images)

Learn more about how a presidential impeachment works. (Credit: Getty Images)

How to impeach a president and why the topic is at the forefront now with the recent election of Donald Trump, are other areas to explore in a research paper. Read more

Ancient religions research paper topics

Some ancient religions are dead, some are still practiced today in pockets around the world, some, like Christianity and Judaism, are still going strong after thousands of years.

Expand your knowledge of ancient religions here. (Credit: Listverse)

Expand your knowledge of ancient religions here. (Credit: Listverse)

Some research paper topics are to write about the Islam religion, Native American religion and ancient Greek religion. Read more

Oromo protests in Ethiopia as your research topic

Ethiopia has been a stable Western ally in an area often seeded with unrest. But while it has shown economic advances in recent years, the nation has not progressed in terms of human rights issues, particularly when it comes to freedom of speech. In the face of continued oppression of cultural groups, including the Oromo people—the most populous and least powerful ethnic group in Ethiopia—many of the nation’s young people, including Olympic runner Feyisa Lilesa, have protested the government.

A group of Oromo people participate in protests in Ethiopia. (Credit: NPR.org)

A group of Oromo people participate in protests in Ethiopia. (Credit: NPR.org)

They have been met with violence, and the unrest is causing the Ethiopian government to declare a state of emergency. For a research paper topic on current events or international relations, here is some of what you need to know about Ethiopia. Read more

Research paper ideas—Is a liberal arts education a good value?

Even before the Great Recession concentrated the country’s focus on under-employment, multiple media outlets were declaring that a liberal arts education was no longer a good value in the world of higher education in terms of employment. But is that true?

How valuable do you think a liberal arts degree is? (Credit: Odyssey)

How valuable do you think a liberal arts degree is? (Credit: Odyssey)

The debate is ongoing and offers many ideas to pursue in a research paper, such as does a liberal arts degree make a person more well-rounded, or keep them from obtaining necessary job skills? Read more

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

Political communication term paper topics

Political communication is the use of media to influence political outcomes in elections, political campaigns, debates, revolutions, and government operations. Through images, symbols, and rhetoric, individuals or groups try to manipulate or influence others toward a cause or ideology.

Learn more about political communication for your research paper. (Credit: Tel Aviv University)

Learn more about political communication for your research paper. (Credit: Tel Aviv University)

Here are some term paper topics for political communication in the presidential election and Arab Spring. Read more

Research topic: Netflix’s Marvel’s Luke Cage explores timely social issues

The symbolism in Marvel’s Luke Cage, the newest of its Netflix superhero series, is not terribly subtle: “Having Luke Cage wandering around, wearing a hoodie as an act of defiance, reading Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man feels a bit on the nose,” noted Daniel Fienberg in a review for The Hollywood Reporter, “‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’: TV Review,” posted September 27, 2016. But the pointed commentary and the show’s willingness to engage with social issues may be one of its strengths. It’s the first television show to center on a black superhero, based on a character created during the Blaxploitation craze of the 1970s.

Learn more about Marvel's superhero series, Luke Cage. (Credit: Marvel, Netflix)

Learn more about Marvel’s superhero series, Luke Cage. (Credit: Marvel, Netflix)

That Luke Cage, sometimes known as Power Man, who is bulletproof, is increasingly relevant in an age of #BlackLivesMatter and increased media coverage of the shootings of unarmed black men. But that social consciousness is only one of the aspects of Marvel’s Luke Cage that would make an interesting research paper topic in your film and television studies or African American studies classes. It’s also a great source for an extracurricular reading list. Read more