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Term paper: Government surveillance and whistleblowers

The aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center saw an escalation of government surveillance on the American people. But intrusion into personal privacy has a long history in the U.S. Now PBS’ Independent Lens reveals how 44 years ago a group of citizens exposed the FBI’s illegal surveillance program in the documentary, 1971.

How do you feel about the current government surveillance? (Credit: Thomson Reuters)

How do you feel about the current government surveillance? (Credit: Thomson Reuters)

If you are looking for research paper topics about the legal system, constitutional rights and the criminal justice system, then check out the film on your local station or online by searching for PBS documentaries. Read more

Business research paper topics: Business leadership theories

If you’re a business major looking for interesting research paper topics, you might want to consider looking at management styles or leadership theories. A good topic could be, “What is the difference between leadership and management?” We have seen how bold business leaders have helped to move society into new vistas of productivity and innovation.

Learn more about successful, well-known business leaders. (Credit: Linkis)

Learn more about successful, well-known business leaders. (Credit: Linkis)

Here are some ideas and resources to help you take a look at the lives and management styles of the men and women who have shaped the business world and much of our daily life. Read more

Sex and gender: What is transgender? For your next research paper

In recent weeks there has been much speculation that Olympic star and Kardashian clan member Bruce Jenner has been undergoing a gender change. Bruce Jenner’s before and after pictures reveal that he is now sporting long hair and nails and a fuller bosom. Jenner is fortunate in that he has received the support of his family.

Learn more about Bruce Jenner's transgender transformation. (Credit: Pinterest)

Learn more about Bruce Jenner’s transgender transformation. (Credit: Pinterest)

His story highlights the questions of what is transgender, sex and gender and gender stereotypes. Framed as they are in the context of a public figure’s personal struggles, these timely issues would be good research paper topics. Read more

The many facets of the war on terror — research paper topics

ISIS. Al Qaeda. Taliban. All three groups represent various tenets of Islamic fundamentalism, and all have been prominently featured in the news in terms of the war on terror.

Discuss the 9/11 attacks for your research paper on the war on terror. (Credit: limitstogrowth.org)

Discuss the 9/11 attacks for your research paper on the war on terror. (Credit: limitstogrowth.org)

Research paper topics on these groups, as well as on counterterrorism efforts against them, are just some of the ideas you could cover if you are writing on the war on terror for a history or political science class. Read more

Rhetoric and public speaking: How to give a good speech

Taking a class in rhetoric and public speaking? Many people, including college students, find speaking in front of a group scary and intimidating.

It is possible to get rid of your public speaking fears. (Credit: Tom Noonan)

It is possible to get rid of your public speaking fears. (Credit: Tom Noonan)

When it comes to how to give a good speech, there are things you can do to make the process easier, including look for speech ideas the same way you would research paper topics. To get started, let’s walk through tips and suggestions for public speaking. Read more

Criminal law research paper topics—Basic concepts to crimes and punishments

The legal world is full of Latin maxims. When it comes to criminal law, the phrase “Actus non facit reum, nisi mens sit rea” [The act is not criminal unless the intent is criminal] sums up the basic concepts of this area of law.

Consider discussing criminal law in your next research paper. (Credit: Murry Law Group)

Consider discussing criminal law in your next research paper. (Credit: Murry Law Group)

But behind that statement is a host of crimes and punishments that make for interesting research paper topics. Read more

Fact vs. fiction—research paper topics on nonfiction authors

Juxtaposing fact vs. fiction or examining why nonfiction books are important for school children to read are both good research paper topics to pursue in a study of nonfiction books.

Learn here about the differences between fiction and nonfiction. (Credit: David Tran)

Learn here about the differences between fiction and nonfiction. (Credit: David Tran)

Other good topics include the best or most well-known nonfiction books and why memoirs have become so popular. Read more

Literary themes to consider for research paper topics

In search of research paper topics focused on literary themes? The most recent and major trend revolves around young adult books. Dystopian novels and vampire books have received a lot of attention, but their popularity may be waning.

Consider discussing different literary themes for your next research paper. (Credit: The Express Tribune)

Consider discussing different literary themes for your next research paper. (Credit: The Express Tribune)

Why were those two literary themes so big in young adult books and what trends are on the rise? Read more

Harold Lasswell is a good political science research paper topic

If you are searching for good political science research paper topics, I personally recommend writing about Harold D. Lasswell. I have often written about his model of communication, which focuses on “Who says what in which channel to whom with what effect?”

Harold Dwight Lasswell, 1902-1978. (Credit: Yale Library)

Harold Dwight Lasswell, 1902-1978. (Credit: Yale Library)

But Lasswell was a 20th-century political scientist as well as a communication theorist. Lasswell acted as president of the American Political Science Association. He is best known for his theoretical grouping of psychology and politics, specifically as it relates to political propaganda. Read more

The Velvet Revolution and Eastern Europe—research paper topics to consider

November 17, 2014, was the 25th anniversary of the successful Velvet Revolution, which brought about the fall of communism in the former Czechoslovakia. The Velvet Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall in East Germany, which also happened 25 years ago, were part of the efforts put forth by many countries in Eastern Europe to escape the rule of the communists.

The Velvet Revolution of 1989. (Credit: Peter Dejong/Associated Press)

The Velvet Revolution of 1989. (Credit: Peter Dejong/Associated Press)

The time period, and the changes that happened, offer many research paper topics. Read more