Hollywood success of biblical movies as a research topic

Biblical movies, like Noah, make for great research topics.

Biblical movies, like Noah, make for great research topics.

Hollywood has long made biblical movies: Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956), Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur (1959), and many more. A little research shows that these films were able to achieve success financially in Hollywood, particularly during the 1940s and 50s, but in recent years religious-based movies have proven to be more controversial and not as lucrative.

Christians stay away because the films don’t adhere closely enough to the Bible, while the non-religious can view the films as less entertaining than the latest action flick. Will Darren Aronofsky’s Noah the movie, which stars Russell Crowe and comes during a year of biblical movies, change that trend?

The film has faced a history of difficulties, according to a November 18, 2013, post on iCitations by Alana Joli Abbott, “The Bible in film: Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe bring Noah to the big screen,” and the box office will be its latest challenge. Take a look at these critical views of biblical films if you are looking for a good research paper topic in film studies or religion.

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Research topic on fraternity houses: Campus fun vs. safety

Recent news reveals a negative connotation of fraternity houses.

Recent news reveals a negative connotation of fraternity houses.

A recent article in The Atlantic magazine by Caitlin Flanagan revealed a disturbing picture of dangerous campus life and misogynistic behavior at fraternity houses at American colleges. Often drunk young men perpetrate crimes of violence and sexual abuse all in the name of brotherhood and machismo. Flanagan’s article exposes the disregard for campus safety and student health by a few college students who care more about partying than academics.

The cover photo of the February 19, 2014 issue of The Atlantic features two frat boys chest bumping each other, letting out a primal scream and spilling their red Solo cups of beer. After a year-long investigation, Flanagan wrote the lengthy article, “The Dark Power of Fraternities” about the devastating events happening at fraternity houses.

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Gender identity, family relationships: Social psychology topics for your research paper

Gender identity makes for an interesting social psychology topic.

Gender identity makes for an interesting social psychology topic.

If you’re taking a course in sociology then you may be looking for good social psychology topics for your research papers. Think about issues that are in the news today, such as gender identity. What about an issue that is closer to home like family relationships? Let’s take a look at some of the possible topics that you could use when you want to explore social issues.

Gender identity and other topics

A good place to begin your search is at Questia where you can read millions of full-text books and articles. Questia also houses magazines, academic journals, newspaper articles and encyclopedias. What’s more, you find video tutorials on how to plan, research and write your paper. There are also tools to help you take notes, bookmark and cite your sources.

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Colleges use data mining to achieve student advantage

Algorithms support the data mining process. (Credit: Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

Algorithms support the data mining process. (Credit: Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

Spurred on by the problems of high student debt, colleges and universities in the past few years have resorted to data mining to improve academics and college GPA and to increase their graduation rates. Student advantage spikes after schools guide college students toward a degree program that will better help them graduate.

We all know we’re leaving a data trail, on our Facebook page, in our Google dealings, at Starbucks and through our credit card transactions. Now colleges and universities are using “big data” to decide what degree you should get. In an effort to derail failing students and put them on a path more conducive to passing and flourishing, colleges are employing data gathering systems to record freshmen’s Likes, clicks, scores and answers.

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Research paper topics for your political science paper

Political science majors know that politics and government is a fast-paced, ever-changing world. There are a lot of options and choices when it comes to picking research paper topics, from past political movements to presidential elections, from human rights issues to world politics. Whether you are interested in teaching constitutional law, are simply a political junkie or are thinking of possibly running for office at the local, state or even national level, there are many areas to explore. Here are a few ideas to help you stay abreast of the latest topics and ideas for your next political science paper.

François Hollande at a meeting during 2012 political campaign. (Credit: Bretwa)

François Hollande at a meeting during 2012 political campaign. (Credit: Bretwa)

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Questia is an excellent place to research topics related to political science and government. As the Internet’s largest online library, Questia offers millions of full-text books and articles.

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Fukushima radiation leak raises nuclear power concerns

Gate guard in a hazmat suit, helmet and dual intake respirator following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Credit: VOA S. Herman)

Gate guard in a hazmat suit, helmet and dual intake respirator following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Credit: VOA S. Herman)

It’s been three years since the Fukushima radiation leak but the effects are still keenly felt. On Saturday, March 15, 2014, protestors rallied in London to voice their opposition to the use of nuclear power plants. By massing in the streets they hoped to draw attention to the forces that are driving the move to nuclear power. Forces they say are founded more in politics and economics than in human safety. What are the dangers of nuclear power? If you’re interested in learning more about the use of nuclear energy, the Fukushima radiation disaster is a good research topic to explore.

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M82 supernova: good research paper topics for astronomy

Supernova in M82. (Credit: UCL/University of London Observatory/Steve Fossey/Ben Cooke/Guy Pollack/Matthew Wilde/Thomas Wright)

Supernova in M82. (Credit: UCL/University of London Observatory/Steve Fossey/Ben Cooke/Guy Pollack/Matthew Wilde/Thomas Wright)

The recent discovery of the supernova in the M82 galaxy is a great opportunity for good research paper topics for your astronomy class. For information for your term paper on this event or the formation or significance of supernovae in general, you can research recent science articles or look up keywords and search terms in a prominent science journal or website.

Astronomy students discover supernova

On January 21, 2014, a nearby supernova was discovered by astronomy students from the University of London Observatory. After doing preliminary checks on the popular cigar-shaped galaxy known as M82, students found a superbright star that was not there the week before. It was a Type 1a supernova—an exploded white dwarf star.

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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.

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Nominate Your Professor in the 2014 Questia MVP Scholarship Contest

Nominate Your Professor for the Questia Most Valuable Professor TitleTake a moment to think about the professors you’ve had during your college career. Is there one that sticks out in your mind as highly influential? One whom you admire and might strive to become?

This is your opportunity to show your appreciation! Nominate your professor for one of Questia’s three MVP titles. It’s a great way to honor your favorite professor, plus you’ll be entered to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards for taking the time to do so! Read on for more details…

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Research paper topics and ideas for your business paper

One of the most recent successful businessmen includes Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. (Credit: Silverisdead)

One of the most recent successful businessmen includes Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. (Credit: Silverisdead)

Business majors have their choice from any number of possible research paper topics. Consider the many industries such as healthcare, manufacturing or financial services. Maybe you’re interested in starting your own business someday. If entrepreneurship is in your future, then you may want to explore what it takes to accomplish a successful startup. You could be the next Mark Zuckerberg. Here are a few tips and ideas to get you started on your next research paper.

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