#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

Iowa caucus and beyond for your research paper

For those who don’t spend their lives glued to C-SPAN, U.S. elections can be a crazy, confusing thing. Even if you do understand how the Iowa caucus and other presidential primaries play a part in getting someone elected president, the 2016 presidential election so far has been wilder than most.

Learn more about the Iowa caucus here. (Credit: The Des Moines Register)

Learn more about the Iowa caucus here. (Credit: The Des Moines Register)

There are multiple research paper topics to explore in Presidential politics, from understanding how our election process works to ways it could be improved. Read more

Law enforcement term paper topics

Local and federal law enforcement challenges and events are always in the news and make good term paper topics.

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Learn more on the topic of law enforcement. (Credit: Ulets.net)

Here are three good research paper topics in the field of law enforcement: the Oregon standoff, use of body cameras on police officers and women in law enforcement agencies. Read more

Making A Murderer: Research topic on criminal justice

Making a Murderer is the Netflix online, 10-episode documentary series by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, ten years in the making, about the case of Steven Avery from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. After DNA evidence freed Avery from a wrongful conviction, he was arrested again and sentenced to life.

Learn more about criminal justice in Making A Murderer. (Credit: Indiewire)

Learn more about criminal justice in Making A Murderer. (Credit: Indiewire)

In both cases, police were accused of tampering with evidence. The case offers interesting research paper topics in criminal justice and true crime stories. Read more

The influence of David Bowie as your research topic

Ziggy Stardust. The Thin White Duke. Major Tom. Aladdin Sane. Jareth the Goblin King. Whichever persona you identify the most with the late David Bowie, the musician not only transformed rock music, but he also was a master of reinvention, continually transforming himself.

Learn more about the late David Bowie here. (Credit: Roger Ebert)

Learn more about the late David Bowie here. (Credit: Roger Ebert)

David Bowie shed personas and displayed a gender fluidity that was groundbreaking, just one of the many fascinating areas to explore in a research paper on his influence. Read more

Migration crisis: Discuss how European governments are handling it in your research paper

The migration crisis hit a symbolic milestone in December 2015—according to the International Organization for Migration, European governments have accepted 1 million Syrian refugees and others from the Middle East and Africa.

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Learn more about the recent migration crisis. (Credit: Reuters/Scanpix)

The reasons these displaced people are fleeing—war, persecution and poverty—offer many topics for a research paper, as does how the European governments have handled the migrants’ desire to be granted asylum. Read more

5 most viewed Questia blog posts of 2015

Another year has gone by so we thought now is a good time to stroll down memory lane and share with you our most viewed blog posts of 2015.

Check out our list of the 5 most viewed blog posts. You might see one you haven’t viewed before! Read more

Mother Teresa becoming a saint as your research topic

The Catholic Church appears to have Mother Teresa on the fast track to becoming a saint. The nun known around the world for her work with the poor in India died in 1997, and the latest reports indicate that Pope Francis signed a decree that recognizes a miracle linked to her.

Learn more about Mother Teresa here. (Credit: olphscv.org)

Learn more about Mother Teresa here. (Credit: olphscv.org)

That would make the second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, a necessary hurdle for canonization. The history of how the Catholic Church has granted sainthood, as well as Mother Teresa’s legacy, are just some ideas to pursue in a research paper. Read more

PACs vs. public financing for your next research paper

Political action committees, more commonly known as PACs, may date back to 1944, but they have dominated the election news cycle for the past decade.

Learn more about PACs here for your research paper. (Credit: BOMA/Chicago Political Action Committee)

Learn more about PACs here for your research paper. (Credit: BOMA/Chicago Political Action Committee)

Could political campaigns funded by public financing offset the influence of the few wealthy donors giving through PACs and super PACs? That is just one area to explore in a research paper on the topic. Read more