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

Millennials and the 2016 election as your research topic

Many young voters were excited about the Bernie Saunders candidacy. However, since the presidential candidates for the 2016 election have been finalized, the level of enthusiasm from the millennial generation has dropped. Some pundits and politicians are trying to reach this crucial demographic via social media such as Snapchat. Will it work?

Will you vote in the 2016 election? (Credit: The Clause)

Will you vote in the 2016 election? (Credit: The Clause)

Some research paper topics to consider include the voting history of this demographic, as well as the issues that are important to the current generation of twentysomethings. Read more

Banned Books Week research paper topics

Banned Books Week for 2016 recently ended but it got a lot of people talking about censorship, political correctness and infringement on free speech.

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Learn more about banned books for your research paper. (Credit: FTRF.org)

Here are some research paper topics on banned and forbidden books. Read more

Public policy issues for research topics

Current and past public policy issues make interesting research topics for your term paper. You can write about the role of public policy in the presidential election, government policies, nonprofit organizations, advocacy and the history of public policy.

Find out more about one of the many public policy topics. (Credit: UIC.edu)

Find out more about one of the many public policy topics. (Credit: UIC.edu)

Learn more about the different areas of study for your research paper here. Read more

Hollywood movie remakes and Ben-Hur as your research topics

For your term paper, you can write about how Hollywood prefers movie remakes and nostalgia when releasing the latest movies—the new Ben-Hur movie is a classic example. Remakes and reboots are popular throughout motion picture and television history.

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Learn more about the Ben-Hur movie for your research paper. (Credit: Mountain Xpress)

Here are some interesting research paper topics on the popularity of the remake in Hollywood movies. Read more

Third-party politics in America—research paper topics

The 2016 presidential election in America has generated more controversy and attention perhaps than any other in our country’s history. This unusual campaign offers many research paper topics, as does the potential effect that third-party politics will have on the election’s outcome.

Learn more about third-party candidates for your research paper. (Credit: Independent Political Report)

Learn more about third-party candidates for your research paper. (Credit: Independent Political Report)

Jill Stein, the presidential candidate for the Green Party, is not well known in the country, but hopes to connect with voters dissatisfied with the two major party candidates. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Let the Olympics inspire you!

Maybe you’re in the Olympic spirit, maybe you’re not. I have to admit the Rio Games have been quite exciting to watch!

Learn more about the Olympics and its history. (Credit: Verge Campus)

Learn more about the Olympics and its history. (Credit: Verge Campus)

But if you’d like to get in the Olympic spirit then check out our next set of books, which are all Olympic-inspired – and FREE for the next month! 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