Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, as your research topic

Harper Lee has died; the author was 89. The childhood friend of Truman Capote, she established her literary reputation on the basis of a single novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Last year saw the release of an earlier draft of her famed book, entitled Go Set a Watchman.

Learn more about books written by Harper Lee. (Credit: USA Today)

Learn more about books written by Harper Lee. (Credit: USA Today)

Casting the beloved character of Atticus Finch as a racist, many were upset by the new book. Comparing the two books is just one of many research paper topics to explore. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Recognizing Black History Month

Black History Month is an important time to reflect on the past, present and future of African American culture, music, civil rights and more.

Expand your knowledge of Black History as you read through our books. (Credit: asalh.org)

Expand your knowledge of Black History as you read through our books. (Credit: asalh.org)

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Questia Reading Room: Start the year with success

When a new year rolls around, what is the number one thing people aim to do? Figure out how they can be successful and better their lives in the coming year, of course! Our list of reading room books are sure to inspire you to be the best you.

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Emma Watson book club as a literature research topic

Emma Watson, actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador, has announced that in her efforts to research gender inequality issues, she wants to be able to discuss those issues with others. To that end, she is forming a feminist book club, “Our Shared Shelf,” and inviting everyone to join in. “Research topic on gender inequality awareness” on the Questia blog noted that in starting HeforShe, Watson is seeking to engage men and women in the conversation about women’s rights. Expanding to a book club is a natural fit.

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Learn more about Emma Watson and her book club concept. (Credit: Getty Images)

If you are looking for a research paper topic in either gender studies or literature, consider looking at Watson’s new book club as one in a long line of book clubs empowering women–starting with Oprah Winfrey’s game changing Oprah’s Book Club, or including the lighter hearted Vaginal Fantasy Book Club hosted by actress Felicia Day. Read more

Chi-Raq adapts Lysistrata to critique gun violence as your research topic

Combining Ancient Greek comedy with modern gang warfare isn’t an obvious choice. But for Spike Lee, Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata offered an opportunity to show the violence raging in modern Chicago, where gun violence has become so extreme that a Chicago rapper, King Louie, coined the portmanteau Chiraq to describe it.

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Learn more about the Lysistrata and Chi-Raq connection. (Credit: Twitter)

With Teyonah Parris as Lysistrata, the movie, most of it in verse and rap, gives members of the Chicago community impacted by gun violence (several of whom were cast in the film) a chance to take a stand against the war raging in their neighborhoods. If you are looking for a good research paper topic on gun violence, film adaptation, or for your classics course, consider looking at the themes of the Chi-Raq movie. Read more

Research paper: David Foster Wallace and modern American literature

Research paper topics related to the study of American literature often cover such luminaries as Edgar Allan Poe and Ralph Waldo Emerson. But modern American literature includes names that you might not be familiar with such as Jonathan Franzen and Don DeLillo. These authors of the Internet age use their work to comment on modern culture.

Discuss how American literature novels are portrayed in movies, such as The End of the Tour. (Credit: A24)

Discuss how American literature novels are portrayed in movies, such as The End of the Tour. (Credit: A24)

A case in point is the work of David Foster Wallace and his landmark novel, Infinite Jest. Now in the film, The End of the Tour, starring Jason Segel, we can get acquainted with this enigmatic writer. Read more

How to write an essay: Stretch a three paragraph idea into a five page gem

Does the idea of writing an essay fill you with dread? You’re not alone. But learning how to write an essay is easy once you get used to the essay structure. Unlike a research paper where you are using the viewpoint of other researchers, in an essay you’re going to frame your own point of view and support it with well-organized facts and examples.

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Learn how to write an essay with ease. (Credit: Orin Zebest/Flickr)

Check out your course syllabus to see if your course requirements include writing an essay. Sooner or later you’re going to have to do one. Here are some tips on how to make sure that your essay is long enough to make the grade. Read more

A new look at Sherlock Holmes for your next literature research paper

Without a doubt, Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved fictional characters in not only British literature but all of literature. The list of actors who have portrayed the consulting detective includes everyone from Charleton Heston to Benedict Cumberbatch. Now we have a truly unique interpretation of the character in the film Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellen.

Ian McKellen portrays an elderly Sherlock Holmes in the film Mr. Holmes. (Credit: Roadside Attractions)

Ian McKellen portrays an elderly Sherlock Holmes in the film Mr. Holmes. (Credit: Roadside Attractions)

In this film we find the great detective much older and frailer than he has ever been depicted on film. The story was adapted from Mitch Cullen’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind. If you’re writing a research paper on literary characters or famous detectives, be sure to go and see Mr. Holmes. Read more

Research topic: Literary book awards and lifetime achievement

Some good research paper topics for your literature class are to write about literary awards, such as the National Book Award, the Lambda Literary Awards for gay and lesbian fiction, and the Newbery Award for children’s literature.

Neil Gaiman presents a special literary award, the National Book Award, to Ursula K. Le Guin (Credit: Vimeo)

Neil Gaiman presents a special literary award, the National Book Award, to Ursula K. Le Guin (Credit: Vimeo)

Among the National Book Award winners was Ursula K. Le Guin who won a lifetime achievement award. For your term paper, you could write about the history, scope and famous winners of these literary book awards. Read more

Award winning short stories in contemporary literature as your research topic

Analyses of award winning short stories are among the good research paper topics in the field of contemporary literature. There are many short story genres, languages and themes to research and any number of awards you can look at to find source material.

A stack of contemporary literature books. (Credit: Jono's Book Reviews)

A stack of contemporary literature books. (Credit: Jono’s Book Reviews)

Here are some interesting research paper topics on inspirational short stories. Read more