Research paper topics: Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti, Florida

On Sunday, October 9, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Florida, clearing up federal funds to aid in cleanup and recovery efforts for the state. Hurricane Matthew battered the state over the weekend, and people evacuated coastal areas en masse. But though there was certainly damage in Florida, Haiti took the worst beating from the storm.

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. (Credit: BBC/AFP)

With over 400 deaths and massive damage, many Internet users were surprised at the lack of response from social media outlets such as Facebook, which has previously provided flag filters for profile pictures as a show of solidarity to areas affected by natural disasters or attacks. Consider research paper topics on disaster preparedness, natural disaster response or what some users have considered a lack of concern social media shows for poorer, non-white nations in distress. Read more

Tax reform research topics—Donald Trump and federal income tax

Speculation about how much Donald Trump has paid in federal income tax has been in the news for months. After the first debate, the interest has increased as leaked documents indicate the Republican presidential candidate may have not paid taxes for close to two decades.

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Learn more about tax reform here. (Credit: Rate Coalition)

How we generate revenue for the government is an issue that’s constantly being debated by politicians and everyday citizens. Valid ideas for tax reform that both sides could agree on is just one research paper idea to explore on this topic. Read more

Political communication term paper topics

Political communication is the use of media to influence political outcomes in elections, political campaigns, debates, revolutions, and government operations. Through images, symbols, and rhetoric, individuals or groups try to manipulate or influence others toward a cause or ideology.

Learn more about political communication for your research paper. (Credit: Tel Aviv University)

Learn more about political communication for your research paper. (Credit: Tel Aviv University)

Here are some term paper topics for political communication in the presidential election and Arab Spring. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Interview and workforce success

We all enter the workforce at some point in our lives, and it is never too soon to begin learning how to succeed amongst your peers as well as balance your time management skills.

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Find success in the workforce here. (Credit: AIB)

Check out our FREE books for the next month, and you’ll be sure to ace that next job interview. Read more

Research topic: Netflix’s Marvel’s Luke Cage explores timely social issues

The symbolism in Marvel’s Luke Cage, the newest of its Netflix superhero series, is not terribly subtle: “Having Luke Cage wandering around, wearing a hoodie as an act of defiance, reading Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man feels a bit on the nose,” noted Daniel Fienberg in a review for The Hollywood Reporter, “‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’: TV Review,” posted September 27, 2016. But the pointed commentary and the show’s willingness to engage with social issues may be one of its strengths. It’s the first television show to center on a black superhero, based on a character created during the Blaxploitation craze of the 1970s.

Learn more about Marvel's superhero series, Luke Cage. (Credit: Marvel, Netflix)

Learn more about Marvel’s superhero series, Luke Cage. (Credit: Marvel, Netflix)

That Luke Cage, sometimes known as Power Man, who is bulletproof, is increasingly relevant in an age of #BlackLivesMatter and increased media coverage of the shootings of unarmed black men. But that social consciousness is only one of the aspects of Marvel’s Luke Cage that would make an interesting research paper topic in your film and television studies or African American studies classes. It’s also a great source for an extracurricular reading list. Read more

Research paper topics: Twitter and the presidential debate

U.S. presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been squaring off on Twitter since June. But Twitter played an additional role in the recent conversation between the two candidates by livestreaming the presidential debate on September 26, 2016. The debate had over 84 million viewers across the 13 networks carrying it live, according to a Nielsen tally, but for viewers who have cut the cable and only have Internet, Twitter and Facebook provided an additional arena for watching the debate.

Find out how people followed the presidential election through Twitter. (Credit: The Daily Targum)

Find out how people followed the presidential election through Twitter. (Credit: The Daily Targum)

Twitter has had a continuing impact on news reporting and politics since the social media platform debuted in 2006. How the impact of Twitter has grown and changed, how the most recent U.S. presidential candidates are using it in the current election cycle or how President Obama became known as the first “meme president” could all be interesting research paper topics for your politics or journalism classes. Read more

Privatization pros and cons research paper topics

Privatization is when a business operation uses privately owned funds, compared to a public company that uses investors’ money traded on a stock exchange. Many services and industries are privatized, such as private prisons, education, healthcare and utilities.

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Learn more about the pros and cons of privatization. (Credit: Financial Tribune)

Good research paper topics are to write about the pros and cons of privatization. Read more

Millennials and the 2016 election as your research topic

Many young voters were excited about the Bernie Saunders candidacy. However, since the presidential candidates for the 2016 election have been finalized, the level of enthusiasm from the millennial generation has dropped. Some pundits and politicians are trying to reach this crucial demographic via social media such as Snapchat. Will it work?

Will you vote in the 2016 election? (Credit: The Clause)

Will you vote in the 2016 election? (Credit: The Clause)

Some research paper topics to consider include the voting history of this demographic, as well as the issues that are important to the current generation of twentysomethings. Read more

Banned Books Week research paper topics

Banned Books Week for 2016 recently ended but it got a lot of people talking about censorship, political correctness and infringement on free speech.

Learn more about banned books for your research paper. (Credit: FTRF.org)

Learn more about banned books for your research paper. (Credit: FTRF.org)

Here are some research paper topics on banned and forbidden books. Read more

Research topic: The school of the future

During the second week of September, PBS Nova took a look at education in the age of information with The School of the Future. The program examines why U.S. test scores rank lower than many other countries despite the widespread use of technology in the classroom.

Learn more about the School of the Future documentary. (Credit: Twitter)

Learn more about the School of the Future documentary. (Credit: Twitter)

It also asks how the latest educational research can help us fix education in America and which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds. This two-hour documentary will take viewers from the laboratory to the classroom to see what is helping to make a difference. Read more