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

The challenge of protecting human rights for your research paper

Among international relations topics the subject of human rights takes center stage. Now, more than ever, leaders find that they must ensure that fundamental rights of people take precedence over those of corporations and even nations.

Human rights is a good topic to cover for your sociology research paper. (Credit: iStock)

Human rights is a good topic to cover for your sociology research paper. (Credit: iStock)

Human rights exist at the intersection of corporate social responsibility, climate change and economic growth. So important and encompassing is this issue that you will find it to be a compelling topic for your next research paper. Read more

Research topic: Are home-grown hate groups our largest domestic terrorism threat?

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA. The news came hardly a week after the shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility on Friday, November 27, 2015. Were these acts of domestic terrorism?

Find out more on the topic of domestic terrorism. (Credit: CREDO)

Find out more on the topic of domestic terrorism. (Credit: CREDO)

The Planned Parenthood incident has prompted criticism of political rhetoric that may fuel home-grown hate groups and inflame individuals who are mentally unbalanced. It’s a question that deserves exploration in your next research paper. Read more

Research paper topics on autism spectrum disorder

The rates of autism spectrum disorder in U.S. children have risen dramatically in the past several decades. Researchers have not yet been able to determine why so many more children have been diagnosed with one of these developmental disorders. However efforts are increasing to destigmatize autism through awareness, including a new Sesame Street character.

Learn more about autism spectrum disorder. (Credit: The Indian Panorama)

Learn more about autism spectrum disorder. (Credit: The Indian Panorama)

Research paper topics abound on the issue—from studies as to what causes autism to what can be done to prevent future diagnoses to how to best teach these children and prepare them for their futures. Read more

Research paper topics on the cost of student loan debt

As the total dollar figure climbs, more and more attention is being paid to student loan debt in the U.S. Recent news revealed that from 2004 to 2014, the cost of higher education that college students are shouldering through loans has risen by 56 percent.

Are you heavily affected by student loan debt? (Credit: YouTube)

Are you heavily affected by student loan debt? (Credit: YouTube)

Many students, and others, are calling for free public college as one solution as well as forgiveness of current debt, both of which offer interesting research paper topics to explore in terms of their economic and societal impact. Read more

Discover how to win a presidential election for your research paper

The U.S. presidential election won’t happen until November 2016 and yet the campaign is already in full swing. Since it’s hard to avoid hearing news about it you may have decided to make the election the focus of your next research paper. To get a start on the topic, check out the new film, Our Brand Is Crisis, starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton.

Learn more on the topic of the upcoming presidential election. (Credit: PSU.edu)

Learn more on the topic of the upcoming presidential election. (Credit: PSU.edu)

It’s a political satire of a Bolivian presidential campaign that is fueled by competing American campaign strategists. While the story is fiction, it may spark your interest in learning more about the rough and tumble process of winning an election. Read more

Standardized testing in American education—research paper topics

The news surrounding standardized testing in American education in the last 20 years has been nothing if not controversial. While most can agree that U.S. students need to be evaluated on what they are learning, how that evaluation should be done is more challenging to come to a consensus on.

Standardized testing offers a variety of research topics to cover. (Credit: The Yellin Center)

Standardized testing offers a variety of research topics to cover. (Credit: The Yellin Center)

What are the pros and cons of standardized testing and how educators can best use the data from these tests are just a few of the interesting research paper topics to explore. Read more