Research paper topics: Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti, Florida

On Sunday, October 9, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Florida, clearing up federal funds to aid in cleanup and recovery efforts for the state. Hurricane Matthew battered the state over the weekend, and people evacuated coastal areas en masse. But though there was certainly damage in Florida, Haiti took the worst beating from the storm.

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

With over 400 deaths and massive damage, many Internet users were surprised at the lack of response from social media outlets such as Facebook, which has previously provided flag filters for profile pictures as a show of solidarity to areas affected by natural disasters or attacks. Consider research paper topics on disaster preparedness, natural disaster response or what some users have considered a lack of concern social media shows for poorer, non-white nations in distress. Read more

Millennials and the 2016 election as your research topic

Many young voters were excited about the Bernie Saunders candidacy. However, since the presidential candidates for the 2016 election have been finalized, the level of enthusiasm from the millennial generation has dropped. Some pundits and politicians are trying to reach this crucial demographic via social media such as Snapchat. Will it work?

Will you vote in the 2016 election? (Credit: The Clause)

Will you vote in the 2016 election? (Credit: The Clause)

Some research paper topics to consider include the voting history of this demographic, as well as the issues that are important to the current generation of twentysomethings. Read more

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!

Learn more about the Olympics and its history. (Credit: Verge Campus)

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.

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

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