Hidden Figures Movie, NASA: Research Paper Topics

The Hidden Figures movie provides many interesting research paper topics. It’s a fact-based biography of Katherine G. Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), a black woman mathematician at NASA in the 1960s who helped win the Space Race. The movie also features Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), a mechanical engineer, and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), a researcher in supersonic flight. These women were literally rocket scientists!

Use Hidden Figures as an interesting research topic. (Credit: BGN)

Use Hidden Figures as an interesting research topic. (Credit: BGN)

We’ve all seen old television images of the Houston control room monitoring the progress of manned space flights. They are filled with only white men in white shirts and buzz cuts. But a diverse group of people helped accomplish NASA’s space race. Read more

Inauguration day facts, traditions and political protests—research paper topics

Another inauguration day occurs on January 20, 2017. During this presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., the 45th president of the United States of America will be sworn into office.

Learn more about Inauguration Day and its history. (Credit: DC By Foot)

Learn more about Inauguration Day and its history. (Credit: DC By Foot)

The history of the pomp and tradition of this occasion, as well as the political protests surrounding the event, offer many research paper topics to consider. Read more

Research paper topics on capital punishment

The recent sentencing of Dylann Roof for 33 counts of federal hate crimes is likely to prompt a renewed discussion about capital punishment. The federal prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty when Roof is sentenced, as will the state of South Carolina, where Roof faces additional murder charges for the Charleston shooting that took place on June 17, 2015.

Learn more about the issue of capital punishment. (Credit: Christianity Today)

Learn more about the issue of capital punishment. (Credit: Christianity Today)

A research paper could explore how the issue of capital punishment is handled in other countries, historically and in modern times. Read more

Top 5 Questia blog posts for 2016

As a new year begins, we want to take a look back at 2016 to see which blog posts were the top picks for our readers.

Check out our countdown below to see who made the cut for our top 5 blog posts! Read more

Research paper topics on gun control, four years after Sandy Hook

It has now been four years since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since that time, the Second Amendment and the issue of gun control has been a constant topic in the news.

Learn more about gun control for your research paper. (Credit: The Federalist)

Learn more about gun control for your research paper. (Credit: The Federalist)

A multitude of research paper topics can deal with this controversial issue, from legal precedents that support the right to bear arms to mass shootings in the United States to bills that prevent research into gun violence. Read more

Research paper topics on criminal law

The penal code classifies crimes as treason, felony or misdemeanor. The fundamental distinction between felonies and misdemeanors rests with the penalty and the power of imprisonment. Some offenses, such a murder, may be subject to capital punishment, also known as the death penalty. Other offenses, such as drug cases, are subject to mandatory sentencing rules.

Learn more about criminal law for your research paper. (Credit: TSP Law)

Learn more about criminal law for your research paper. (Credit: TSP Law)

What constitutes a crime and the question of punishments encompasses many possible research paper topics. Read more

Research paper topics: Presidential inauguration

The U.S. presidential election took place in November, so why do we wait until January 20th to inaugurate the new president?

Learn more about the process of the presidential inauguration. (Credit: CenterStage)

Learn more about the process of the presidential inauguration. (Credit: CenterStage)

If you are looking for interesting research paper topics in American history, consider researching the history of the presidential inauguration, the role the Electoral College plays in the delay between election and inauguration, and the oath of office the president takes when he assumes his office. Read more

Freedom of the press and Donald Trump as research paper topics

Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and founding father of our country, expressed his support of the press when he said, “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” President-elect Donald Trump has made statements that have caused concern for many in the media.

Find out more about the president elect's stance on freedom of the press. (Credit: Nomad Capitalist)

Find out more about the president elect’s stance on freedom of the press. (Credit: Nomad Capitalist)

Research paper ideas to explore include a study of the important legal cases the First Amendment has played a role in over the years, as well as the role of free speech around the world and how it has been threatened. Read more

New faces in the senate: Women’s studies and American history research paper topics

If you are looking for research paper topics in your women’s studies or American history classes, it’s worth noting that two women made history in their senate races in the 2016 election. Kamala Harris (D) of California became the first South Asian-American to serve in the Senate (as well as the second black woman to be a senator) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D) of Nevada became the first Latina to secure a Senate seat.

Kamala Harris, the first Southeast Asian-American to be elected to the Senate. (Credit: LA Weekly)

Kamala Harris, the first Southeast Asian-American to be elected to the Senate. (Credit: LA Weekly)

There have been women in the senate since shortly after the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, and looking at the history of how those women have served, as well as the first woman to be a senator and first woman elected, provides a historical context for the women who serve today. Read more

Research paper topics: Washington D.C. votes for statehood

In the United States 2016 election, an overwhelming majority of residents of Washington D.C. voted for the District to become the 51st state. But the path to statehood has long been fraught for both Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, another U.S. region that has only non-voting representatives in the U.S. House.

Do you think Washington D.C. should be a statehood? (Credit: WAMU/AP)

Do you think Washington D.C. should be a statehood? (Credit: WAMU/AP)

What are the arguments both for and against statehood for these regions, and what are the stumbling blocks Washington D.C. will face with so many of its voters seeking representation? The history of these issues and their current status could make interesting research paper topics in your American history or politics course. Read more