Research topics on “The Roosevelts” documentary

Theodore Roosevelt. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt. It may be hard to believe that so much influence and social good came from one family in the first half of the 20th century. But as Ken Burns’ documentary, The Roosevelts, spells out, these three individuals uniquely shaped the path the U.S. took during their lifetimes, as well as in the years since their deaths.

Family photo of the Roosevelts. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Family photo of the Roosevelts. (Credit: Library of Congress)

The PBS documentary offers a range of research paper topics on FDR, Teddy Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, including topics in politics and economics, social causes and women’s issues. Read more

Legal issues: Topic ideas for your research paper

When you study law there are plenty of legal issues to consider when choosing research topic ideas for your term paper. You will want to start with a broad category like civil or criminal law.

There are several legal issue topics to consider when studying law. (Credit: Media D)

There are several legal issue topics to consider when studying law. (Credit: Media D)

From there, fine tune it so that you eventually get down to a specific research paper topic like tort reform or eminent domain. Let’s look at some ideas and resources for your next legal research paper. Read more

Racial profiling: Topics for research papers

For your term paper in American law or civil law, some good research paper topics might be to tackle the subject of racial profiling.

A recent hot debate being discussed includes racial profiling. (Credit: Ruth Manuel-Logan, News One)

A recent hot debate being discussed includes racial profiling. (Credit: Ruth Manuel-Logan, News One)

What is racial profiling, how prevalent is it, who are the victims and how can we prevent racial profiling are all good topics for research papers. Read more

Research paper topic on domestic violence effects and prevention

The high profile case of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice has brought the problem of domestic violence to light again.

Pixel Project's "16 For 16" Campaign highlights ways to end domestic violence. (Credit: 16 Days of Activism)

Pixel Project’s “16 For 16″ Campaign highlights ways to end domestic violence. (Credit: 16 Days of Activism)

A good research paper topic for your sociology or women’s studies class might be to provide a definition of domestic violence, offer domestic violence statistics, discuss organizations like the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and report on actions to prevent domestic abuse. Read more

Women in the Revolutionary War: From Boycotts to Battlefields

Are you searching for research paper topics for a U.S. history class? How about writing a paper on women in the Revolutionary War?

The Pentagon opened combat roles to women during the Revolutionary War. (Credit: Currier & Ives, Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons)

The Pentagon opened combat roles to women during the Revolutionary War. (Credit: Currier & Ives, Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons)

Women played a crucial role in the American Revolution (1775-1783) in a variety of ways, including boycotting goods to fighting on the battlefields. This was a period marked by controversies for women. On one hand, their roles were limited by the traditional stereotypes and regulations, while on the other, women felt the influence of the revolutionary spirit. Read more

Research topic on labor unions: Market Basket strike

In an unprecedented case, the 99% went on strike to help a 1 percenter get his job back. Good research paper topics for your business, economics or labor relations class could involve the case of the New England-based grocery store chain Demoulas Market Basket, which was paralyzed by striking workers demanding that their CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, be reinstated. Labor unions are nervous as non-union Market Basket employees were able to accomplish their goal on their own.

Non-labor unions rally outside a Market Basket, July 25, 2014. (Credit: WBZ-TV)

Non-labor unions rally outside a Market Basket, July 25, 2014. (Credit: WBZ-TV)

Business at the 71-store Market Basket was reduced to a trickle after non-union warehouse workers, clerks, and even store managers walked off the job, picketed, and discouraged customers from shopping at the store. Read more

Examining death penalty from Executed in your research paper

The death penalty is a highly controversial subject today. Close to 100 countries have abolished the practice while others still have capital punishment on the books, but have not used execution in years.

Cell in which those facing the death penalty reside. (Credit: ITV)

Cell in which those facing the death penalty reside. (Credit: ITV)

The practice is frequently debated in the United States—whether it is constitutional, humane, or racist—with even more criticism of late due to a recent botched execution. An ITV documentary, Executed, that aired on British television, offered a look at death penalty pros and cons, although many viewed the film to be too one-sided. Read more

Research paper topic: Racism in America

The police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on August 9, 2014, has sparked discussion on racism in America. Many allege that Brown was shot because of racial profiling and institutional discrimination within our criminal justice system.

Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaks of racism during a press conference. (Credit: Michael B. Thomas, Getty Images)

Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaks of racism during a press conference. (Credit: Michael B. Thomas, Getty Images)

There is a lot of disagreement regarding the effect of racism and discrimination in law enforcement and the courts. How would you approach this subject in a research paper? Read more

Explore Secret State of North Korea for your next research paper

On September 2, 2014, PBS aired an encore presentation of the Frontline documentary, Secret State of North Korea. Viewers got a look inside this isolated country and its enigmatic ruler, Kim Jong-Un, who is the world’s youngest dictator.

Kim Jong-Un, the world's youngest dictator, rules North Korea. (Credit: tumblr.com)

Kim Jong-Un, the world’s youngest dictator, rules North Korea. (Credit: tumblr.com)

As in the regime of his predecessor and father, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, human rights of the Korean people are being subjugated as a matter of policy. Drawing on undercover footage and interviews, this documentary exposes the harsh conditions of daily life and the courage of those who are working to erode the regime’s influence. Read more

Computer science research topic on Sony hacking

Hackers have been, well, wreaking havoc of late. The latest victims appear to be Sony PlayStation network users who found themselves the target of computer hackers over the weekend of August 23 – 24, 2014.

The Sony PlayStation 4 with the DualShock 4 controller.(Credit: Evan-Amos)

The Sony PlayStation 4 with the DualShock 4 controller.(Credit: Evan-Amos)

While the computer hackers or hacker, who identified themselves with the Twitter handle @LizardSquad, did not attempt to compromise the personal data of Sony PlayStation network’s 53 million users, the hacker did make a bomb threat against an airline flight a Sony executive was traveling on. If you’re looking for a good research paper topic in computer science, consider these recent issues in cyberterrorism and cybersecurity. Read more