Research paper topic: Racism in America

The police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on August 9, 2014, has sparked discussion on racism in America. Many allege that Brown was shot because of racial profiling and institutional discrimination within our criminal justice system.

Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaks of racism during a press conference. (Credit: Michael B. Thomas, Getty Images)

Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaks of racism during a press conference. (Credit: Michael B. Thomas, Getty Images)

There is a lot of disagreement regarding the effect of racism and discrimination in law enforcement and the courts. How would you approach this subject in a research paper? Read more

Explore Secret State of North Korea for your next research paper

On September 2, 2014, PBS aired an encore presentation of the Frontline documentary, Secret State of North Korea. Viewers got a look inside this isolated country and its enigmatic ruler, Kim Jong-Un, who is the world’s youngest dictator.

Kim Jong-Un, the world's youngest dictator, rules North Korea. (Credit: tumblr.com)

Kim Jong-Un, the world’s youngest dictator, rules North Korea. (Credit: tumblr.com)

As in the regime of his predecessor and father, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, human rights of the Korean people are being subjugated as a matter of policy. Drawing on undercover footage and interviews, this documentary exposes the harsh conditions of daily life and the courage of those who are working to erode the regime’s influence. Read more

History research paper: World War I and White House burning

Among the good research paper topics for your world history research paper this semester would be discussing some historical milestones. The year 2014 is the centennial of the start of World War I.

One event in history includes the burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

One event in history includes the burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

The June 28, 1914, assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo led a month later to the official start of the war. This year is also the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House by the British. Read more

Discussing capital punishment in your research paper

Capital punishment, also called the death penalty, is a controversial subject. Many people are fiercely on one side of the debate or the other.

The debate on capital punishment heavily weighs the pros and cons. (Credit: AGN News Editorial)

The debate on capital punishment heavily weighs the pros and cons. (Credit: AGN News Editorial)

Some possible ideas for good research paper topics include:

  • Define capital punishment and discuss pros and cons of capital punishment

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Research paper topic on Shark Week: More fact or fiction?

Fans may still be tuning in, but that doesn’t mean that many aren’t furious with the Discovery Channel, which has yet again offered up mostly fictitious programming during their now infamous Shark Week. This season’s “catch”?

Shark Week presents issues of what is fact or fiction. (Credit: SharkWeek.tumbler)

Shark Week presents issues of what is fact or fiction. (Credit: SharkWeek.tumbler)

That would be Shark of Darkness: The Wrath of Submarine, which follows on the heels of last year’s Megalodon Mockumentary. Will the lack of facts create yet another Shark Week controversy? Read more

Civil War nurses: Why are battlefield angels the unsung heroes?

Richard F. Welch recently wrote “A Civil War Love Story” for The New York Times Opinionator blog. It tells the story of Arabella Wharton Griffith, one of the volunteer nurses in the United States Sanitary Commission, the forerunner of the Red Cross. Griffith died of typhus 150 years ago in 1864. Her husband, Francis Channing Barlow, was one of only a few men who entered the Civil War as an enlisted man and ended it as a general.

A preliminary sketch of one of many Civil War nurses, Arabella Wharton Griffith, at the Sedgwick Division Field Hospital. (Credit: The Civil War Roundtable)

A preliminary sketch of one of many Civil War nurses, Arabella Wharton Griffith, at the Sedgwick Division Field Hospital. (Credit: The Civil War Roundtable)

In 1895, as he lay near death, Barlow told a visiting friend, “The finest monument in this country” would be built to commemorate the “loyal women of the Civil War.” However, most Civil War nurses remain unknown today. So, why are these “Battlefield Angels” the unsung heroes 150 years later? Read more

Research paper topic ideas on immigration

The U.S. Congress missed its August 1, 2014, deadline for dealing with the thousands of child refugees at the U.S.-Mexican border. On Thursday, July 31, it became apparent that debate on immigration had stalled, leaving the asylum seekers with no resolution.

'Time Is Now' Immigration Reform Rally. (Credit: David Sachs / SEIU / Flickr)

‘Time Is Now’ Immigration Reform Rally. (Credit: David Sachs / SEIU / Flickr)

In July 2014, President Obama had asked Congress for $3.7 billion in supplemental funding to deal with the humanitarian crisis at the border. Yet the Republican-controlled House of Representatives could not reach an agreement on the passage of a $659 million funding proposal backed by the House leadership. For your next research paper, look to some ideas including illegal immigration, immigration reform or immigration policy for help. Read more

Research topic debate on women in space

Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy opened on August 1, and recently, Zoe Saldana spoke to Devin Faraci of Badass Digest about how roles for women in spacemeaning roles for women actors in science fiction and fantasy films (SFF)are better than their counterparts in more realistic films. But while there may be more empowered roles cropping up in SFF films, are things really “better for women in space,” as Saldana quipped?

A history of women who have gone to space. (Credit: SpaceKate.com)

A history of women who have gone to space. (Credit: SpaceKate.com)

If you’re looking for a good research paper topic in women’s studies, film studies, or science fiction, take a look at the reality of both women in science fiction and fantasy and female astronauts. Spoiler alert: it’s not as rosy as the Hollywood version. Read more

Conflict in Gaza for your Middle Eastern history research paper topic

The Israeli Palestinian conflict has created a humanitarian crisis with little hope for resolution. On Thursday July 24, 2014, an estimated 16 civilians were killed and more than 200 wounded when the Israeli army shelled a United Nations shelter in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian girls run away after an Israeli air strike on a house in the northern Gaza Strip. (Credit: Reuters)

Palestinian girls run away after an Israeli air strike on a house in the northern Gaza Strip. (Credit: Reuters)

These deaths have raised the death toll in the West Bank to more than 815, many of whom are civilians. Many in the Arab world decry the extremist group Hamas for its part in spurring the conflict. By taking a look at the history of the Middle East, you can focus your next research paper on the current conflict in Gaza and how it escalated to this extent. Read more

Research paper topic ideas on economic history

Looking for good ideas for a research paper on economic history? Whether you are writing for a business class or an economics course, here are just a few of the good research paper topics you can explore: economic systems, classic economic thinkers such as Keynes and Marx or economic theories such as supply side economics.

Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and Karl Marx are very well known subjects in economic history. (Credit: charly_vx)

Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and Karl Marx are very well known subjects in economic history. (Credit: charly_vx)

The main economic systems

One starting point for research paper topics in the area of economic history would be covering the primary economic systems. Read more