Research topic on how David Bowie has influenced art and culture

On September 23, 2014, the David Bowie biography film, David Bowie Is, will be shown in Chicago and several other cities nationwide. Among rock legends, David Bowie stands out as one of the few who has greatly influenced both art and culture.

Several examples of the unique style David Bowie fashioned. (Credit: cbc.ca)

Several examples of the unique style David Bowie fashioned. (Credit: cbc.ca)

Through his alter ego, the sexually ambiguous Ziggy Stardust, Bowie pushed the boundaries of rock, leading the way for artists like Lady Gaga and U2. Read more

What you don’t know about architecture, but should

For your architecture research paper, consider combing through architecture databases and Architecture magazine website articles for interesting developments in the field. For example, some good research paper topics could include the activities of Architecture for Humanity, which is providing refugee shelters; the winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize for architectural designs; or the social experience of architectural enthusiasm.

Haesley Nine Bridges designed by the 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban. (Credit: JongOh Kim)

A unique piece of architecture includes the Haesley Nine Bridges, designed by the 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban. (Credit: JongOh Kim)

Architects help refugees

With large populations of refugees from natural disasters and political unrest, places like Haiti, Syria and Lagos, Nigeria have sizeable refugee camps. Read more

Everything we’ve been told about obesity is wrong

For decades the causes of obesity have been attributed to a lack of will power. In the documentary film, “Fed Up,” journalist Katie Couric, Laurie David and director Stephanie Soechtig explore evidence that everything we’ve been told is wrong.

A scene from the documentary "Fed Up," discusses the causes of obesity. (Credit: The Wrap)

A scene from the documentary “Fed Up,” discusses the causes of obesity. (Credit: The Wrap)

Despite dietary guidelines, the effects of obesity, primarily diabetes, have skyrocketed. What’s frightening is that the number of overweight children has been increasing drastically. Obese children are especially at risk for diseases like diabetes. Read more

What exactly does being a media studies major entail?

As a media studies major, there are many areas to choose from to study. (Credit: keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk)

As a media studies major, there are many areas to choose from to study. (Credit: keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk)

When you tell people that you’re majoring in media studies you may get blank stares. Few people really understand new media, media production or any of the other subject areas that fall within the media studies major. Perhaps you are also confused. So when it comes to choosing good research paper topics for your media studies papers you may need a little help. Here are a few ideas and resources to get you started on your next research paper assignment.

Media studies research paper topics

Start your search at Questia where you’ll be able to access millions of full-text books, articles, newspapers, magazines, academic journals and encyclopedias. Read more

Muppets Most Wanted: Perfect film studies research topic

Scene from Muppets' latest film Muppets Most Wanted. (Credit: YouTube screen shot)

Scene from Muppets’ latest film Muppets Most Wanted. (Credit: YouTube screen shot)

The Muppets have been around since the 1950s, and they became household icons in 1976, when The Muppet Show hit the air. Follow that with feature films, Webby-award winning YouTube videos, and a return to feature films with 2011’s The Muppets, and you’ve got more than sixty years of Muppet history. On March 21, 2014, the latest entry into the Muppet canon hit theaters with Muppets Most Wanted, starring (alongside the Muppets) Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey.

Like the many Muppet films before it, Muppets Most Wanted continues to rely on self-referential humor and breaking the fourth wall, engaging the audience as participants in the story rather than just watchers. Read more

Research topic on Tim’s Vermeer, the Penn & Teller art documentary about Johannes Vermeer

Penn & Teller at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Credit: Angela George)

Penn & Teller at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Credit: Angela George)

Penn & Teller, the famous magicians, may not be the first names that spring to mind when you think of an art documentary. But their film, Tim’s Vermeer, provides an interesting look into the connection between art and technology as viewed through the paintings of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. For your next art or film research paper topic, it’s worth it to watch the film and provide your own synopsis on the documentary.

A synopsis of Tim’s Vermeer

The Tim in Tim’s Vermeer is Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor and software developer, who became focused on how artists, particularly 17th-century Dutch artists such as Johannes Vermeer, created an interpretation of reality when they painted. Read more

Folk music and singer Pete Seeger – research topic on the death of a legend

Pete Seeger teaching William Boyce "Alleluia" round in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. (Credit: Jim, the Photographer)

Pete Seeger teaching William Boyce “Alleluia” round in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. (Credit: Jim, the Photographer)

For more than 70 years, singer Pete Seeger championed folk music, highlighting the genre’s important place in musical heritage. Seeger also served as an inspiration and mentor for the numerous revivals of folk music, dating from the 1950s and 60s to present day. Along the way, he guided many famous musicians, including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and supported a wide variety of causes and political movements. His influence can be heard in current musical groups such as Mumford & Sons. Seeger died on January 28, 2014, at the age of 94.

Musician and singer Pete Seeger

The death of a legend can challenge the future of any movement, but folk music had no greater champion than Pete Seeger. Born in 1919 to musical parents, Seeger’s first musical instrument was the ukulele. Read more

History of music research paper topics

Troubadour ensembles are one example of an excellent music history topic. (Credit: Wikielwikingo)

Troubadour ensembles are one example of an excellent music history topic. (Credit: Wikielwikingo)

Humans have been making music for as long as there have been humans. Cave images found in Turkey and dating from 6000 B.C.E., depict people playing drums and dancing.  Obviously the history of music is rich and far-reaching, providing a wealth of research paper topics for your next musically inclined course. Below are some areas to consider.

The need for music writing

In today’s technology-driven world, writing about music may not seem necessary. But even though writing about music can never take the place of hearing an actual musical performance, there is a valid need to communicate about the subject—whether it’s to broaden your understanding of what you’ve heard or to provide a deeper connection to the musical work. Read more

Top fashion designers in American history: Ideas for your fashion design paper

Throughout the years, the frequent changes of the fashion industry are what have made it so successful. (Courtesy of Stephoccitan)

Throughout the years, the frequent changes of the fashion industry are what have made it so successful. (Courtesy of Stephoccitan)

When you think about American history, the topics of fashion design and merchandising may not be top of your mind. Yet, top fashion designers have played an important part in building our unique American culture. If your assignment is to write a research paper on fashion design, then be sure to take the time to explore all the possible approaches that such a paper could take. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Ideas for your research paper

Clothing began as a necessity — a protection against a harsh environment and the elements. But humans also have a need for self-expression and for decoration. Read more

DIY book projects: Repurpose books into crafts and gifts!

Book Clock #1

Book Clock #1 (Photo credit: David Singleton)

Do you have piles of books lying around collecting dust? After you’re done reading them, why not repurpose books into something new and creative? Here are some Pinterest-inspired DIY book projects, crafts and gifts to help you get rid of those books you’ll never read again!

Re-gift them

Have a wedding shower or baby’s first birthday party to attend? Consider taking a favorite book of the guest-of-honor — for example a children’s book, which author Elaine McMillion of the Beans in a Can blog does in her July 24, 2011 post, “Repurposing Used Children’s Books,” — and slice your favorite pages and illustrations out with an X-Acto knife and placing them in antique frames. Read more