Incarceration rates and prison reform research paper topics

The United States is the world leader in incarcerating its citizens. Mass incarceration began in the 1980s after strict drug laws disproportionately targeted blacks and Latinos for incarceration, causing the prison population to increase four-fold. These increased incarceration rates do not rehabilitate people but simple warehouse them, costing billions of tax payers’ dollars.

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Learn more about incarceration rates in the U.S. (Credit: Vice News/ Pixabay)

For your term paper on criminal justice or crime and punishment, consider writing about prison reform laws and ways to reduce incarceration rates. Read more

Child abuse and its health effects—research paper topics

According to ChildHelp.org, a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. Child abuse can take many forms—from sexual abuse to refusal of medical treatment, from verbal abuse to neglect. No matter what types of abuse occur, the health effects, both physical and mental, can be long lasting.

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Learn more about the effects of child abuse. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Research paper topics could explore not only means of preventing child abuse, but also the health consequences for the abused, and other factors that impact the welfare of children. Read more

Education research paper topics on testing and assessment

There are many forms of assessment used in education to measure the skills of students. For testing to be useful it must meet standards of reliability and validity, two concepts that ensure avoidance of bias or distortion. Used correctly, testing can raise standards, increase accountability, and shape curriculum development and teaching for the better.

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Learn more about testing and assessment for your research paper. (Credit: Faculty Focus)

But there is also disagreement and even criticism about why assessments are given and how the data gathered will be used. How assessment methods are applied and the criticism of those methods are just two approaches to education research paper topics. 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!

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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

Social services, social assistance and welfare research topics

More than half of Americans have received benefits or services from a social services agency or welfare program, such as a social security check, food stamps or unemployment benefits. Social assistance has evolved over the years.

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Learn more about social assistance for your research paper. (Credit: Ortcom)

Here are some term paper topics on human services department trends. 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.

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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

Research paper topics: How do political conventions work?

It is official. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will serve as the presidential candidates of their respective political parties. The announcements at the Democratic and Republican conventions came as no surprise since the two were the popular candidates in the polls. But prior to the conventions, there was discussion of a possible contested convention or brokered convention.

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Learn more about how political conventions work. (Credit: Northeastern)

If you’re looking for interesting research paper topics, consider looking at how the Democratic National Convention (DNC) or Republican National Convention work, or addressing what the conventions do to make a candidacy official. Read more

American history research paper: Calhoun College and racism

On June 13, 2016, Corey Menafee, an African American dining hall worker at Yale University, could no longer stand to look at the image of two slaves picking cotton as depicted in the stained glass of Calhoun College, one of Yale’s residential colleges.

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Learn more about Calhoun College and the issue of racism. (Credit: Thomas MacMillan/WSJ)

Menafee smashed the window with a broom handle and later apologized for his actions; he resigned from his position, and Yale decided not to press charges, though Menafee has since stated he would like to return to work if Yale will hire him back. Named after the seventh American vice president, John Calhoun, the residential college has faced much criticism in recent years for retaining the name of a man who promoted slavery as a public good. Read more

Black Lives Matter and police shootings as research topic ideas

Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. These are just the two most recent names in a disturbing trend of American police shootings. Racially charged police brutality is not new—the Watts riots of 1965 broke out over an incident of police brutality after an African-American driver was pulled over for drunk driving—but the police shooting videos that have been captured by civilians have raised the awareness of such incidents and lent support to campaigns such as Black Lives Matter, intended to combat the violence of these black deaths.

People take part in a protest against police shootings and in support of Black Lives Matter. (Credit: Eduardo Munoz, Reuters)

People take part in a protest against police shootings and in support of Black Lives Matter. (Credit: Eduardo Munoz, Reuters)

Why do these incidents occur? What can be done to reduce police violence? These are important research paper topics in response to pressing issues facing the United States today. Read more

Finding Dory provides bioethics and mental health research paper topics

On its opening weekend (June 17—19), the Disney Pixar film Finding Dory had the biggest release for an animated film in history, beating out the previous record holder Shrek the Third and doubling the take of Finding Nemo, the movie it follows.

Consider discussing Finding Dory in your next research paper. (Credit: Disney Pixar)

Consider discussing Finding Dory in your next research paper. (Credit: Disney Pixar)

But aside from being a box office smash that Hollywood needed in 2016 (CNN Money reporter Frank Pallotta noted in “’Finding Dory’ reels in biggest animated opening ever,” posted June 19, 2016, that the film is a “bright spot” in a box office that has been “struggling as of late”), Finding Dory tackles several controversial topics that would make interesting research papers. Read more