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History research paper: World War I and White House burning

Among the good research paper topics for your world history research paper this semester would be discussing some historical milestones. The year 2014 is the centennial of the start of World War I.

One event in history includes the burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

One event in history includes the burning of the White House, 1814 (Credit: White House Association)

The June 28, 1914, assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo led a month later to the official start of the war. This year is also the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House by the British. Read more

Equal Pay & Paycheck Fairness Act: Good research topics

The topic of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 could discuss the progress that has been made. (Credit: publichealthwatch)

The topic of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 could discuss the progress that has been made. (Credit: publichealthwatch)

With the failure to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and the recent recognition of Equal Pay Day, a good research paper topic might be to discuss the sociology, politics or economics of equal pay for equal work. In the United States, women earn on average $0.77 for every $1.00 a man earns for the same job, according to the Obama Administration. The Pew Research Center puts the figure at $0.84. History has shown that despite passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, women are still struggling for equal pay. Here are some ideas for your term paper.

Equal Pay Act of 1963

American women thought they were through struggling for equal pay when President John F. Kennedy passed the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Read more

Pompeii movie: Research paper topics on Roman conquest, festivals and an angry volcano

Ash casts of victims from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Ash casts of victims from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Consider the new movie Pompeii as a source for good research paper topics. The sword-and-sandal spectacular is filled with gladiators, conquered Celts, horse whisperers, corrupt senators, forbidden love and an angry mountain god. You can consult some of the best history books or a scholarly article for information on Roman gladiators, religious festivals and politics. You could also research a science journal for facts about volcanic eruptions.

The movie Pompeii is like the blockbuster Titanic from 1997—we all know it ends, so the movie is about the journey of the ordinary people caught up in the danger and drama. The historian Pliney the Younger recorded the events of that fateful day of August 24, 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted spewing ash, toxic gases and the life-ending pyroclastic flow that destroyed the city-states of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Read more

Discovery Channel’s Klondike gold rush offers good research paper topics

Klondike features true events from the Yukon gold rush of the late 1800s.

Klondike features true events from the Yukon gold rush of the late 1800s.

Discovery Channel’s first scripted programming was the recently aired Klondike, a six-hour mini-series showcasing the struggle, determination, entrepreneurial spirit and often brutal life of men and women during the Yukon gold rush of the late 1890s. For your history paper, you can research the best history books and American literature to find material on a variety of topics highlighted in the program: Canadian history, Klondike gold rush and even American literature author Jack London, who makes an appearance.

Klondike based on true events

Based on true events, Klondike features characters based on real people who dug for gold in Canada’s Yukon Territory, adjacent to Alaska. After the gold rush panned out in the California and Colorado regions in the late 1800s, trailblazers and adventurers, as well as grifters and murderers, headed to the Yukon. Read more

Honoring heroes, creating social change for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Monument

Martin Luther King Jr. Monument

Since 1986, the U.S. federal government has observed a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights activist whose nonviolent message and words of hope helped to create a vision for a future of racial equality. Martin Luther King Jr. also advocated for social change and justice, and a great number of people list him among their heroes. In 2011, the Martin Luther King Memorial monument was erected on the Washington National Mall.

Since their establishment, some have wondered: does a holiday or a monument honor King’s legacy, or undermine his message by normalizing it? And just how do people identify heroes? Read more

History term paper and research paper topics: Your journey begins here

The study of history can take you to distant lands and into the lives of the powerful as well as the obscure. Writing a history term paper is like going on an exotic journey. There’s no telling who you will meet or what you will find. Whatever your choice of history research paper topics, there are thousands of sources to guide you along your way. Read more

African American history: The 10 African American politicians who have been researched most often

President Barack Obama, African American Politicians

President Barack Obama (photo by Pete Souza, The Obama-Biden Transition Project)

Black History Month got us to wondering which African American politicians have been the most influential in African American history. So, we decided to use Questia, our online research tool with a library of more than 77,000 academic books, to compile the top 10 list of which African American politician have been researched most frequently.

Among the African American political figures of our time, you probably guessed that President Barack Obama gets researched the most, but discover who else students and researchers have been studying this Black History Month and throughout the year. We were a little surprised to see that Jesse Jackson was next in line at number two. And a little embarrassed to see that we had not heard of number six, Joseph Rainey. Read more

Art history paper: Topics range from art deco to women artists

Pablo Picasso's painting "The Blind Man's Meal," left, next to an X-radiograph of the painting.

Pablo Picasso's painting "The Blind Man's Meal," left, next to an X-radiograph of the painting. (© Metropolitan Museum of Art/AP Images)

If art history is the subject for your next term paper, doing research won’t be a challenge but narrowing your scope may take some time. The subject of art history encompasses hundreds of topics. Here are some ideas on how you can explore the world of art history.

A range of topics

You can get an overview of the subject and begin to narrow the focus of your art history paper by visiting Questia, the world’s largest online library containing over 77,000 full-text books and 4 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. Allow yourself plenty of time because the selection is vast. Topics for art history include: Read more