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Trends in literary theory research paper topics

Literary theory is the study of literature and its significance for culture and historical perspective. Some good research paper topics could be to define literary theory and discuss various aspects of literary criticism.

A brief explanation on literary theory. (Credit: Slideshare)

A brief explanation on literary theory. (Credit: Slideshare)

You could also write your term paper on some new trends in literary theory such as environmental theory and gender queer theory. Here are some ideas to get you started. Read more

Effects of California drought for your research paper

Some good research paper topics could be to write about the current years-long California drought, one of the most severe droughts on record. Farmers are especially hard hit as California is one of the biggest agricultural producers in the country.

This image shows the spread of “exceptional” drought in California. The latest data is from July 30, 2014. (Credit: The National Weather Service)

This image shows the spread of “exceptional” drought in California. The latest data is from July 30, 2014. (Credit: The National Weather Service)

Water shortages are pervasive and water conservation is key. For your next term paper, consider writing about the drought in California and its affects for the state and for the global economy. Read more

Criminal justice topics for your research paper

With all the fervor over the recent shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in the news, college students in criminal justice class should be able to find good research paper topics.

Criminal justice reform ad rejected by the City of Philadelphia. (Credit: NAACP.org)

Criminal justice reform ad rejected by the City of Philadelphia. (Credit: NAACP.org)

One topic for your term paper is the perceived racial bias in the criminal justice system. Other possible topics are the positive link between criminal justice and the Affordable Care Act, and Pope Francis’ condemnation of the death penalty. Read more

Influential business people for your term paper

Good research paper topics for your business class could include writing a biography of a leading or influential businessperson. Many business magazines create lists of top business people of the year.

There are many successful business people to research for your paper. (Credit: Business Review USA)

There are many successful business people to research for your paper. (Credit: Business Review USA)

You can research these lists for successful and interesting business leaders from which to write your term paper. Here are three short biographies to get you started. Read more

Cognitive psychology topics for your research paper

One growing area of psychology is cognitive psychology, the study of mental processes, such as memory, perception, learning, language, problem solving and creativity. Some good research paper topics could be to provide a cognitive psychology definition with its related disciplines and to discuss trends in cognitive psychology.

For your psychology class, look into researching cognitive psychology. (Credit: NIU.edu)

For your psychology class, look into researching cognitive psychology. (Credit: NIU.edu)

For your term paper you could also explain practical applications of cognitive psychology and describe possible career paths for people with degrees in cognitive psychology. Read more

Dystopia in literature and movies for your research paper

For your sociology, literature or politics and government class, consider discussing the use of dystopian societies as an allegory for social change. With the popularity of young adult films like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver and The Maze Runner, dystopia has never been in such vogue.

'The Giver' is a great example of dystopia in films and literature. (Credit: YouTube)

‘The Giver’ is a great example of dystopia in films and literature. (Credit: YouTube)

These films show a society with rigid rules of conduct and an oppressive government controlling their lives. Good research paper topics could be to define dystopia and show how they relate to society and government. Read more

Twentieth-century philosophy: good research paper topics

As a philosophy major you’re probably sick of the classic European and Greek philosophers (so thoroughly listed in Monty Python’s “Philosopher’s Drinking Song”!).

Study modern day philosophers for your next philosophy research paper. (Credit: Scientia Salon)

Study modern day philosophers for your next philosophy research paper. (Credit: Scientia Salon)

For research papers, college students may instead like to write about some famous philosophers of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Here are some good research paper topics on some modern philosophers. Read more

Miss Marple in British literature for your next research paper

When it comes to murder mysteries in British literature nothing beats Agatha Christie and her iconic character, Miss Marple. Although she is a fictional character, Miss Marple has become a beloved figure at the center of murder and mayhem for decades.

Unravel the mystery with Miss Marple. (Credit: Fanpop.com)

Unravel the mystery with Miss Marple. (Credit: Fanpop.com)

She was most recently seen in the PBS series Masterpiece Mystery! If you’re sleuthing for good research paper topics in literature, consider looking into the works of Agatha Christie and the character of Miss Marple. Read more

Trends in Education and Common Core State Standards

Education, teaching and learning techniques are changing and adapting rapidly in the twenty-first century. To find good research paper topics for your term paper, research and discuss some of the exciting trends in elementary school education and higher education.

Examples of how trends in education are changing. (Credit: Total Education)

Examples of how trends in education are changing. (Credit: Total Education)

Such topics include physical activity in classrooms, project-based learning, distance learning and Common Core State Standards. Read more

Racial profiling: Topics for research papers

For your term paper in American law or civil law, some good research paper topics might be to tackle the subject of racial profiling.

A recent hot debate being discussed includes racial profiling. (Credit: Ruth Manuel-Logan, News One)

A recent hot debate being discussed includes racial profiling. (Credit: Ruth Manuel-Logan, News One)

What is racial profiling, how prevalent is it, who are the victims and how can we prevent racial profiling are all good topics for research papers. Read more