“Australia” as your evolution research paper topic

The PBS Nova series “Áustralia,” which began with “Australia: First 4 Billion Years” continues on Wednesday July 23, 2014, with “Life Explodes.” This episode explores how the fossil record shows the emergence of life from the sea to dry land. Of all the continents on earth, none has preserved the story of life’s emergence on earth as Australia has. All across the continent one can find fossils that show its history; there is a story of survival in every rock, hill and mountain.

"Australia" is a PBS series that shows how life emerged from the sea. (Credit: blogs.weta.org)

“Australia” is a PBS series that shows how life emerged from the sea. (Credit: blogs.weta.org)

Not all of “Australia” is set to cover prehistoric sea creatures and the Paleozoic era. Future episodes in the series are slated to focus on the world of large reptiles and the trajectory of evolution after massive extinction. Read on for more about the series’ launch, and consider some of these ideas as possible topics for research papers in geology or paleontology.

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Research paper topic ideas on economic history

Looking for good ideas for a research paper on economic history? Whether you are writing for a business class or an economics course, here are just a few of the good research paper topics you can explore: economic systems, classic economic thinkers such as Keynes and Marx or economic theories such as supply side economics.

Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and Karl Marx are very well known subjects in economic history. (Credit: charly_vx)

Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and Karl Marx are very well known subjects in economic history. (Credit: charly_vx)

The main economic systems

One starting point for research paper topics in the area of economic history would be covering the primary economic systems.

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The Practice of Management by Peter F. Drucker (1954)

The Practice of Management by Peter F. Drucker was the first book to look at management as a whole and being a manager as a separate responsibility. A classic since its publication in 1954, The Practice of Management created the discipline of modern management practices. Readable, fundamental, and basic, it remains an essential book for students, aspiring managers, and seasoned professionals.

An excerpt from 'The Practice of Management' by Peter F. Drucker. (Credit: Luke MacKay)

An excerpt from ‘The Practice of Management’ by Peter F. Drucker. (Credit: Luke MacKay)

This is a practical book, written out of many years of experience in working with managements of small, medium and large corporations. It aims to be a management guide, enabling readers to examine their own work and performance, to diagnose their weaknesses and to improve their own effectiveness as well as the results of the enterprise they are responsible for.

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New dictionary words as your research paper topic

In late spring, Merriam-Webster announced the new words it will add to the 2014 edition of its dictionary. New words are often influenced by technology, politics, economics and pop culture. College students, not only the English major, linguistics major or journalism major, can have fun analyzing the new words for their origins, dictionary definition versus everyday usage, pertinence and persistence in the English language.

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Here are some of the new additions to the new Merriam-Webster dictionary, an explanation of how words are chosen for dictionaries and an f-bomb!

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The good and bad of online gaming for your research paper

Online gaming is just some harmless fun, a way to pass the time or hang with friends. Right? Unfortunately, for some, Internet game addiction has taken a darker turn as shown in an upcoming HBO documentary—“Love Child.”

The consequences and dangers of online gaming can result in tragedy. (Credit: Jamaal Ryan)

The consequences and dangers of online gaming can result in tragedy. (Credit: Jamaal Ryan)

Exploring the tragic consequences and dangers of online gaming for one young, South Korean couple and their baby, the “Love Child” documentary will no doubt contribute to society’s ongoing discussion of how technology is changing us for the good and for the bad. A thorough discussion on addiction and substance abuse in general can also contribute to a great research paper topic.

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Research topics on government types and issues outside the U.S.

How much could the human condition improve if we only understood each other better? The study of different types of governments could be a good start to increasing our understanding of our foreign neighbors. Government issues such as income inequality and the minimum wage, national debt and climate change affect us all.

A collection of 195 national flags representing many different government types. (Credit: ACME Squares)

A collection of 195 national flags representing many different government types. (Credit: ACME Squares)

How do different governments handle these issues? If you have an interest in broadening your understanding of other countries let’s look at some research paper topics and resources to help you craft your next paper on foreign governments.

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‘Research Methods in Education’ validates Google Consumer Surveys

I recently re-read Research Methods in Education, one of the best-selling textbooks on the topic, after using Google Consumer Surveys for the first time. This may appear to be closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, but it could also be seen as a competency-based assessment of prior learning.

Google Consumer Surveys is considered the best and most accurate market research tool available. (Credit: Dominique Romanowski)

Google Consumer Surveys is considered the best and most accurate market research tool available. (Credit: Dominique Romanowski)

Let’s just say that my re-reading of Part Two of the textbook, which covers planning educational research, seems to validate my questionnaire design, the Google Consumer Surveys sample, as well as the validity and reliability of the results.

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Read free books online: Over 5,000 titles on Questia

If you want to read free books online, there are over 5,000 public domain, classic and rare titles in the Questia library that you can read online absolutely free! Questia is the perfect research tool for students, professors, and curious minds everywhere.

Huckleberry Finn is one of numerous free books available on Questia. (Credit: SciFi Mania)

Huckleberry Finn is one of numerous free books available on Questia. (Credit: SciFi Mania)

You probably know that Questia offers subscribers full access to the world’s largest online library of books and journal articles as well as magazine and newspaper articles, but did you know that even non-subscribers can read books for free on the website?

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Medical marijuana approval on the rise

On Monday July 7, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, which allows doctors to prescribe medical marijuana under certain conditions. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Washington fulfilled voters’ wishes by opening medical marijuana dispensaries for business.

Which states will be next to legalize marijuana? (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Which states will be next to legalize marijuana? (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

In November 2012, voters in both Washington and Colorado passed legislation that legalizes marijuana for adults over the age of 21. The increase in legislation approving medical cannabis seems to be part of a growing trend among states to legalize marijuana.

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How the Facebook study became an ethics debate

Facebook’s recent study of the emotional behavior of some of its 1.3 billion users without their knowledge or consent has raised ethical concerns for academic research. When the study’s results were published in a science journal, people raised questions of privacy rights and research ethics.

The Facebook study has stirred up much controversy in terms of ethics. (Credit: Josh Constine)

The Facebook study has stirred up much controversy in terms of ethics. (Credit: Josh Constine)

“This is just the latest in a string of incidents that have raised questions about whether the privacy rights of Facebook’s nearly 1.3 billion users are being trampled by the company’s drive to dissect data and promote behavior that could help sell more online advertising,” reported the Associated Press in “Facebook Faces Inquiry over Psych Experiment: New Feed Content Manipulated for 700,000 Users” published in Daily Herald, July 3, 2014. British, Irish and French regulators are investigating the case to see if any privacy laws were violated.

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