Research paper topics: Presidential inauguration

The U.S. presidential election took place in November, so why do we wait until January 20th to inaugurate the new president?

Learn more about the process of the presidential inauguration. (Credit: CenterStage)

Learn more about the process of the presidential inauguration. (Credit: CenterStage)

If you are looking for interesting research paper topics in American history, consider researching the history of the presidential inauguration, the role the Electoral College plays in the delay between election and inauguration, and the oath of office the president takes when he assumes his office. Read more

Discuss Pearl Harbor virtual reality world in your history research paper

December 7, 2016, was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which precipitated the United States entering World War II. The sneak attack is a topic that offers many research paper topics, from how the U.S. missed the signs of the attack to how the U.S.’s entry into the war changed the course of events for that global conflict.

Time, Inc. is incorporating virtual reality into remembrance of Pearl Harbor. (Credit: CNN)

Time, Inc. is incorporating virtual reality into remembrance of Pearl Harbor. (Credit: CNN)

As fewer and fewer survivors of the attack are left to help others remember that day, new technologies are offering new ways of honoring historic events by creating a virtual reality world, including a Time Inc. VR experience, Remembering Pearl Harbor. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Celebrate holidays around the world

Around the world, there are many ways to celebrate the holiday season.

Learn more about the many holidays around the globe. (Credit: Chicago Now)

Learn more about the many holidays around the globe. (Credit: Chicago Now)

Learn more about the history and rituals of seasonal holidays through our reading room books – FREE for the next month. Read more

Research paper topics: History of sociology

Sociology is the study of human social behavior, and since its development as a formal field of study, it has gone through significant changes in outlook. From early sociologists like Herbert Spencer, who promoted the idea of social Darwinism, and Karl Marx, who viewed sociology through the economy, to the modern founders of sociology Emile Durkheim and Max Weber, to current theorists like George Herbert Mead and Herbert Blumer, who started applying symbolic interactionism, and proponents of Marxist inspired conflict theory, there are many aspects of the history of sociology to cover.

Can you identify these notable sociology experts? (Credit: Mtholyoke.edu)

Can you identify these notable sociology experts? (Credit: Mtholyoke.edu)

If you are looking for term paper topics that will help you explore the history of sociology, consider pursuing the topic using tools at Questia to get started. Read more

What 3,000 year old mummies can tell archaeologists as your research topic

Archaeologists can’t exactly call a 3,000 year old mummy “new,” but they can continue to expand their knowledge in the field of Egyptology when mummies or artifacts are discovered. Such was the case in Luxor, Egypt, in late 2016, when the sarcophagus of Amenrenef was uncovered in the Temple of Millions of Years. What secrets can 3,000-year-old mummies tell?

Find out about the 3,000 year-old mummies recently discovered. (Credit: CS Monitor)

Find out about the 3,000 year-old mummies recently discovered. (Credit: CS Monitor)

If you are looking for research paper topics in archaeology, consider following developing discoveries in Egyptology, such as Amenrenef’s tomb, the tattoos discovered on a female mummy from the same era, or the Lady of Jewels discovered in 2014. Read more

New faces in the senate: Women’s studies and American history research paper topics

If you are looking for research paper topics in your women’s studies or American history classes, it’s worth noting that two women made history in their senate races in the 2016 election. Kamala Harris (D) of California became the first South Asian-American to serve in the Senate (as well as the second black woman to be a senator) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D) of Nevada became the first Latina to secure a Senate seat.

Kamala Harris, the first Southeast Asian-American to be elected to the Senate. (Credit: LA Weekly)

Kamala Harris, the first Southeast Asian-American to be elected to the Senate. (Credit: LA Weekly)

There have been women in the senate since shortly after the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, and looking at the history of how those women have served, as well as the first woman to be a senator and first woman elected, provides a historical context for the women who serve today. Read more

Research paper topics: Washington D.C. votes for statehood

In the United States 2016 election, an overwhelming majority of residents of Washington D.C. voted for the District to become the 51st state. But the path to statehood has long been fraught for both Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, another U.S. region that has only non-voting representatives in the U.S. House.

Do you think Washington D.C. should be a statehood? (Credit: WAMU/AP)

Do you think Washington D.C. should be a statehood? (Credit: WAMU/AP)

What are the arguments both for and against statehood for these regions, and what are the stumbling blocks Washington D.C. will face with so many of its voters seeking representation? The history of these issues and their current status could make interesting research paper topics in your American history or politics course. Read more

Loving, race and civil rights history for your research paper

The film, Loving, tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who in 1958, fought Virginia law in their quest to legalize interracial love and marriage. Unable to prevail, the couple was forced to leave the state and was forbidden to return together for 25 years. As the civil rights movement gained momentum in the 1960s, the Lovings took their case all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Learn more about race and the Loving film for your civil rights research paper. (Credit: NY Daily News)

Learn more about race and the Loving film for your civil rights research paper. (Credit: NY Daily News)

The Loving story is just one of many civil rights cases that could be the cornerstone of your next research paper. Read more

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.

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

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

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