Discuss LGBT rights and marriage equality in your next research paper

The history of LGBT rights and marriage equality in the United States offers many areas to explore in a research paper.

Learn more about LGBT rights. (Credit: RAC.org)

Learn more about LGBT rights. (Credit: RAC.org)

The latest comes courtesy of the North Carolina state legislature, which, in a special session, overruled previous anti-discrimination legislation established earlier in the year in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more

A different take on the war in Afghanistan as your research topic

The latest movie from famed comedian Tina Fey, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, is based on the memoir by Kim Barker, The Taliban Shuffle. While the movie diverges somewhat from the memoir’s original plot, it still focuses on a war correspondent confronting the realities of the War in Afghanistan.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot offers a different twist on the war in Afghanistan. (Credit: NPR)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot offers a different twist on the war in Afghanistan. (Credit: NPR)

Not only does the war itself offer many research paper topics, but also the role of the media in wartime is another area to explore. Read more

Topic ideas for music history research papers

If you’re a music major, chances are you have a more nuanced view of music history than Pentatonix offers in their “Evolution of Music.” But if you’re not a music major and you’re stuck for topic ideas for your music history research paper, checking out their video on YouTube might be a fun place to start.

After that little bit of musical inspiration, take a look at this range of ideas you can start from to nail down topic ideas for your next paper. Read more

U.S., Cuba relations as your political science research topic

President Obama and his family have made a historic trip to Cuba. It’s the first visit by a sitting U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge. Despite President Obama’s efforts to improve U.S.-Cuba relations, the American embargo is still in place and the island nation’s record on human rights violations continues to be a significant issue.

Cuba President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama meet. (Credit: Mandel Nga—AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama meet. (Credit: Mandel Nga—AFP/Getty Images)

Both areas offer many research paper topics to consider for classes in political science, economics, history and more. Read more

Discuss Benghazi in your next political science research paper

After almost four years, the Benghazi controversy still generates headlines. Last fall, Hillary Clinton testified before Congress yet again about the terrorist attack in Libya. More recently, the release of the movie by Michael Bay, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, once again revived interest in what really happened at the U.S. embassy.

Find out more about the Benghazi controversy in 13 Hours. (Credit: ComingSoon.net)

Find out more about the Benghazi controversy in 13 Hours. (Credit: ComingSoon.net)

The causes that led up to the deaths of four Americans, as well as the aftermath for Libya and the world make intriguing research paper ideas to explore. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Recognizing Black History Month

Black History Month is an important time to reflect on the past, present and future of African American culture, music, civil rights and more.

Expand your knowledge of Black History as you read through our books. (Credit: asalh.org)

Expand your knowledge of Black History as you read through our books. (Credit: asalh.org)

Learn more about each of these topics through our collection of books – FREE for the next month. Read more

Research paper topic ideas for your Black History research paper

Just in time for Black History Month and in stark contrast to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, The Birth of a Nation has garnered top honors at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by newcomer, Nate Parker, the film tells the story of Nat Turner, a preacher and slave who led a slave rebellion in 1831.

Learn more about Black History for your research paper. (Credit: Time)

Learn more about Black History for your research paper. (Credit: Time)

While waiting for the film to appear in theaters, college students can check out Black History research paper topics and get a background in Black History. Read more

Flag desecration bill challenges first amendment as your research topic

Interesting research paper topics would be to discuss the 2006 bill in Congress that would have made flag burning and other desecration against the American flag a crime. In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. Johnson that burning the flag is a form of free speech, which is protected under the First Amendment.

Learn more about flag desecration for your next research paper. (Credit: Heartland)

Learn more about flag desecration for your next research paper. (Credit: Heartland)

Yet while incidents of people burning the U.S. flag in America are rare, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) sponsored the Flag Desecration Amendment, which would give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. For your term paper, you can discuss the pros and cons of a burning American flag amendment and its challenge to freedom of speech. Read more

Research topic: Jesse Owens and Race biopic

Films about important historical figures may not be the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood, but they are movie staples that offer a combination of entertainment and history (some more accurate than others). Race, starring Stephan James as Jesse Owens, is one biopic that comes out in theaters this month. The Race movie is additionally important in the current Hollywood climate, in which the Academy is being highly criticized for snubbing African American actors for awards.

Learn more about Jesse Owens and the latest biopic, Race. (Credit: Moviefone)

Learn more about Jesse Owens and the latest biopic, Race. (Credit: Moviefone)

If you’re looking for a good research paper topic for a film studies or American studies class, consider taking a look at this new film about athlete Jesse Owens. Read more

#OscarsSoWhite and diversity as your research topic

For the second year in a row, all of the actors in the 2016 Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress categories are white. In 2015, the hashtagged phrase #OscarsSoWhite made the rounds on Twitter, protesting the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards. When the situation repeated itself in 2016, noted Hollywood voices including Spike Lee, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith announced their intentions to boycott the Oscars to make a statement.

Find out more on how the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag came to life. (Credit: Ivan Bandura)

Find out more on how the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag came to life. (Credit: Ivan Bandura)

The Academy was quick to react, and has released a number of changes dedicated to increasing the diversity of the Academy—and thus, they hope, its award winners—by 2020. If you are looking for a research paper topic in your courses on film studies, African American studies, or civil rights, consider taking a look at the changes being made by the Academy—and weighing in on whether or not this is enough. Read more