Henrietta Lacks’ Case Debates Medical Ethics as Your Research Topic

The fascinating case of Henrietta Lacks has many good research paper topics. The case is still being debated 60 years after the African-American woman died in 1951. Her case raises questions of medical ethics, medical research, privacy and patient’s rights.

Discuss medical ethics and Henrietta Lacks as your research topic. (Credit: blackfilm)

Discuss medical ethics and Henrietta Lacks as your research topic. (Credit: blackfilm)

Rebecca Skloot wrote a book about Lacks, and this week, HBO is playing a movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, based on the book, starring Oprah Winfrey. The “immortal” in the title refers to cells taken from Lacks, which are still alive today. Read more

Ethics in Higher Education Research Paper Topics

Colleges and universities are as susceptible to questionable ethics as any other business or organization.

Discuss the issue of ethics in education in your research paper. (Credit: Ethics in Education)

Discuss the issue of ethics in education in your research paper. (Credit: Ethics in Education)

Here are some research paper topics on ethics in higher education, a code of ethics for teachers, fixing corruption and establishing ethical standards in college and the ethics of big data. Read more

Research Paper Topics in 19th Century Philosophy

Philosophy is a broad field, and even narrowing it down to a specific time period, for example 19th Century Philosophy, can leave open a wide range of possibilities for good research paper topics. Whether you’re in Philosophy 101, a course on history of philosophy or a more specific course, you can find ample opportunities to research 19th century philosophers and schools of thought like American pragmatism on Questia.

Find research topics on 19th Century Philosophy here. (Credit: ABC)

Find research topics on 19th Century Philosophy here. (Credit: ABC)

Here are some tips and tricks for how to research 19th Century Philosophy. Read more

Explore the many facets of the mind for your research paper

College students in many different majors can benefit from studying how the mind works. Subjects such as pre-med, law and education all cover many psychology research topics. But what is the mind? And what is the mind-body connection?

Learn more about the mind for your research paper. (Credit: UAB)

Learn more about the mind for your research paper. (Credit: UAB)

The field is wide open with hundreds, if not thousands of ways to explore research paper topics on the mind. Read more

Feminism and racism in Disney’s Moana as research topic ideas

The new film from Disney, Moana, has done extremely well in the box office since its release. Though never quite reaching the heights of its princess-style predecessor, Frozen, the film has reaped in critical acclaim from a wide number of reviewers. But while some praise the perceived feminism of a Disney Princess who needs no prince to succeed, others continue to question Disney’s cultural appropriation, particularly in light of the controversy over a Halloween costume of Maui that was pulled from shelves after being deemed offensive.

Learn more about Disney's Moana for your research paper. (Credit: Movie Mezzanine)

Learn more about Disney’s Moana for your research paper. (Credit: Movie Mezzanine)

Disney films shine a light into contemporary pop culture and its relationship with feminism and racism in particular, so if you are looking for a research paper topic in film studies, Polynesian studies or women’s studies, you can find plenty of material in Moana. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Celebrate holidays around the world

Around the world, there are many ways to celebrate the holiday season.

Learn more about the many holidays around the globe. (Credit: Chicago Now)

Learn more about the many holidays around the globe. (Credit: Chicago Now)

Learn more about the history and rituals of seasonal holidays through our reading room books – FREE for the next month. Read more

Ancient religions research paper topics

Some ancient religions are dead, some are still practiced today in pockets around the world, some, like Christianity and Judaism, are still going strong after thousands of years.

Expand your knowledge of ancient religions here. (Credit: Listverse)

Expand your knowledge of ancient religions here. (Credit: Listverse)

Some research paper topics are to write about the Islam religion, Native American religion and ancient Greek religion. Read more

Research paper ideas—Is a liberal arts education a good value?

Even before the Great Recession concentrated the country’s focus on under-employment, multiple media outlets were declaring that a liberal arts education was no longer a good value in the world of higher education in terms of employment. But is that true?

How valuable do you think a liberal arts degree is? (Credit: Odyssey)

How valuable do you think a liberal arts degree is? (Credit: Odyssey)

The debate is ongoing and offers many ideas to pursue in a research paper, such as does a liberal arts degree make a person more well-rounded, or keep them from obtaining necessary job skills? Read more

The effects of climate change on endangered species as your research topic

Many discussions have centered on how climate change affects people, but the impact on the animal world is also great. One animal casualty appears to be the small mammal species Bramble Cay melomys, found in Australia. The extinction of animals and the increase in endangered species are connected to human causes, dating back to the dodo.

Bramble Cay melomys, the first mammal to be killed off by human-caused climate change. (Credit: Queensland Government)

Bramble Cay melomys, the first mammal to be killed off by human-caused climate change. (Credit: Queensland Government)

Research paper topics to explore around this idea include looking back at extinctions in the past and showing the way humans have played a role in destroying animal life. Read more

The influence of David Bowie as your research topic

Ziggy Stardust. The Thin White Duke. Major Tom. Aladdin Sane. Jareth the Goblin King. Whichever persona you identify the most with the late David Bowie, the musician not only transformed rock music, but he also was a master of reinvention, continually transforming himself.

Learn more about the late David Bowie here. (Credit: Roger Ebert)

Learn more about the late David Bowie here. (Credit: Roger Ebert)

David Bowie shed personas and displayed a gender fluidity that was groundbreaking, just one of the many fascinating areas to explore in a research paper on his influence. Read more