Choosing good research paper topics in criminology

Whether you’re taking a course to fulfill a sociology requirement or you’re truly interested in social justice issues, you need to choose a research paper theme for your course in criminology and crime. Do you want to look at the legal aspects of the topic, or pick something that relates more directly to current news topics, such as covering school shootings, racial profiling, or police brutality?

There are many aspects to studying criminology. (Credit: ATI.com)

There are many aspects to studying criminology. (Credit: ATI.com)

Once you’ve selected a topic, where do you go for good online resources? Read on for some tips for college students on finding good research paper topics in criminology. Read more

New dictionary words as your research paper topic

In late spring, Merriam-Webster announced the new words it will add to the 2014 edition of its dictionary. New words are often influenced by technology, politics, economics and pop culture. College students, not only the English major, linguistics major or journalism major, can have fun analyzing the new words for their origins, dictionary definition versus everyday usage, pertinence and persistence in the English language.

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Here are some of the new additions to the new Merriam-Webster dictionary, an explanation of how words are chosen for dictionaries and an f-bomb! Read more

Will the student loan debt crisis ever improve?

The student debt crisis received a setback recently when the Bank on Student Loan Fairness Act sponsored by Senator Elizabeth Warren died in the Senate. It fell four votes shy of moving on for debate.

The default rate for a student loan is its highest since 1995. (Credit: Alex Dvorkin)

The default rate for a student loan is its highest since 1995. (Credit: Alex Dvorkin)

According to the Project on Student Debt, 71% of college seniors who graduated in 2013 had an average student loan debt of $29,400 per borrower. From 2008 to 2012, debt at graduation increased an average of 6% each year. President Obama has issued several executive orders to help college students with their debt. Read more

The latest on Iraq — ISIS challenging Al-Qaeda

In recent weeks, the situation in Iraq has unraveled, with ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) overtaking much of the country. Iraq news today brings new information about how ISIS is challenging Al-Qaeda by declaring a new Islamic state as they strive to build on the centuries-old conflict of Sunni vs. Shiite in the region.

ISIS, the militant jihadists terrorizing and overtaking city after city in Iraq. (Credit: StMA)

ISIS, the militant jihadists terrorizing and overtaking city after city in Iraq. (Credit: StMA)

Creation of new Islamic state

The leaders of ISIS recently announced the restoration of the 7th-century Islamic caliphate. Read more

Is a college degree worth the cost?

With college costs rising faster than any other product or service in the economy, filmmaker Andrew Rossi asks if it’s worth it. His new film,”Ivory Tower,” pulls back the curtain on several colleges to reveal how changing business models have led to an expansion of building at the expense of a quality education.

College costs continue to rise year after year. (Credit: The Denver Post)

College costs continue to rise year after year. (Credit: The Denver Post)

Here we will discuss an education system at its breaking point and examine how we got to this point. Read more

The changing attitude toward same sex marriage

The topic of same sex marriage has many areas to explore for research paper topics, from marriage benefits for same sex couples, to religion and same sex marriage, to how society’s changing its attitude on the topic of same sex marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

The attitude change towards same sex marriage has made it more accepted in society. (Credit: krausnotes.com)

The attitude change towards same sex marriage has made it more accepted in society. (Credit: krausnotes.com)

These are just a few of the good research paper topics to explore for a range of classes—sociology, religion, LGBT studies and more. Read more

Cheating in college and what’s being done about it

Cheating on college campuses has been a problem for many years. College students cheat on midterms, a final exam or term paper for many reasons, usually to improve their college GPA or to “get through” a class they find uninteresting. Colleges and universities are taking notice and taking action to dissuade college cheating and improve student success.

One of the many cheating techniques college students use. (Credit: The Atlantic)

One of the many cheating techniques college students use. (Credit: The Atlantic)

Why students cheat

Researchers say that two-thirds of college students engage in some form of cheating. Read more

What are the issues each gender faces?

Gender identity, gender inequality and gender stereotypes are three good research paper topics for your sociology major or gender issues class. This article also has tips citing resources, searching databases and using effective keywords for finding information on gender issues.

Breaking away from gender norms at a young age help prevent the gender stereotypes. (Credit: Kirsty Fantini)

Breaking away from gender norms at a young age help prevent the gender stereotypes. (Credit: Kirsty Fantini)

 

Gender identity no longer a disorder

Making news and pleasing the transgender community is the American Psychiatric Association’s Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), which no longer labels transgendered people with a “disorder” or a mental illness. Read more

FIFA World Cup fever is upon us

The opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer games began on Thursday afternoon June 12, 2014, amid a swirl of protest. Performers included Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and a bevy of samba dancers. The ceremony included a tribute to the music of Brazil and dancers performing in traditional costumes.

After a 64 year wait, Brazil is finally playing host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Credit: Adidas)

After a 64 year wait, Brazil is finally playing host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Credit: Adidas)

In Brazil, soccer is not only the national pastime; it easily ranks as a national obsession. But after a year of protest, many are beginning to wonder what legacy this year’s games will leave behind. Read more

Orange Is the New Black: The real American prison

The new season of the women’s prison drama Orange Is the New Black was recently released from Netflix. The show is based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman who spent fifteen months in federal prison on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.

Taylor Schilling plays Piper in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, which is based on Piper Kerman's memoir of her year in prison. (Credit: Jessica Miglio/Netflix)

Taylor Schilling plays Piper in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, which is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of her year in prison. (Credit: Jessica Miglio/Netflix)

The memoir brings to light the fate of the many women in prison due to overzealous sentencing during the War on Drugs. Good research paper topics for your political science course could be the U.S. prison system and women in prison. Read more