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Research paper topics: Common Core and educational standards

The political controversy swirling around the Common Core curriculum of educational standards shows no sign of abating.

Explore the Common Core curriculum for your educational research paper. (Credit: councilforeconed.org)

Explore the Common Core curriculum for your educational research paper. (Credit: councilforeconed.org)

While looking into the need and impetus for educational standards makes an excellent idea for a term paper, other research paper topics around the Common Core, from its focus on improving critical thinking skills to whether it has been effective thus far, would also be interesting to explore in more depth. Read more

Behaviorism is one of the best psychology research paper topics

One of the best psychology research paper topics is behaviorism, a school of psychology which seeks to explain animal and human behavior entirely in terms of observable and measurable responses to environmental stimuli.

Behaviorism explains animal and human behavior. (Credit: Brandmaster)

Behaviorism explains animal and human behavior. (Credit: Brandmaster)

And Questia, your online research library and paper writing resource, contains thousands of scholarly articles and books on the topic. Read more

Research paper topic: Simon Bolivar, the liberator of South America

On October 3, 2014, the film biography of Simon Bolivar, “The Liberator,” opened in art houses and cinemas across the U.S. Bolivar, who is often called the George Washington of Latin American countries, is a true hero and one among many interesting research paper topics related to Latin American history.

The Liberator Simon Bolivar leads his army into battle. (Credit: Ben Kenber)

The Liberator Simon Bolivar leads his army into battle. (Credit: Ben Kenber)

Although he died almost 200 years ago, Bolivar’s influence is still strong in the politics and culture of Latin America. Read more

Research topic: Supreme Court decision on gay marriage

With the latest decision, or rather lack of a decision, on gay marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court, the balance of states where gays and lesbians will soon be able to legally wed, is tipping. Five states—Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin—had appeals before the high court to overrule lower courts’ decisions to strike down same sex marriage bans.

The Supreme Court not taking a stance on gay marriage makes for a good topic. (Credit: Getty Images)

The Supreme Court not taking a stance on gay marriage makes for a good topic. (Credit: Getty Images)

One avenue to explore for research paper topics on the ruling includes what is behind the Supreme Court’s dodging of these appeals? Another topic question would be are there consequences beyond the five states involved? 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

Research topics on “The Roosevelts” documentary

Theodore Roosevelt. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt. It may be hard to believe that so much influence and social good came from one family in the first half of the 20th century. But as Ken Burns’ documentary, The Roosevelts, spells out, these three individuals uniquely shaped the path the U.S. took during their lifetimes, as well as in the years since their deaths.

Family photo of the Roosevelts. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Family photo of the Roosevelts. (Credit: Library of Congress)

The PBS documentary offers a range of research paper topics on FDR, Teddy Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, including topics in politics and economics, social causes and women’s issues. Read more

Learn more about Rosh Hashanah for your next research paper

Ready to party like it’s 5775? Rosh Hashanah is here. So what is Rosh Hashanah? The Jewish New Year is the beginning of the Jewish high holidays.

Rosh Hashanah is known as the Jewish New Year. (Credit: Free Day Images)

Rosh Hashanah is known as the Jewish New Year. (Credit: Free Day Images)

College students studying religion, sociology or cultures can find a wealth of research paper topics on any of the Jewish holidays to explore in more depth. Read more

Campus safety topics for your next research paper

Campus safety has been in the news a lot lately as we’ve seen rape victims united in their search for justice. If you have a term paper due soon then consider research paper topics that highlight the issues related to domestic violence and safety on campus.

Awareness of campus safety is vital for all college students. (Credit: amazonaws.com)

Awareness of campus safety is vital for all college students. (Credit: amazonaws.com)

It’s also a good idea to learn more about this social problem because as a student, you are located at the heart of the issue. Read more

Explore History Channel’s “Harry Houdini” in your next research paper

The History Channel mini series on magician Harry Houdini starring Adrien Brody demonstrates how we just can’t get enough of this master of magic and illusion.

Adrien Brody plays Harry Houdini in the History Channel mini series. (Credit: Colin Hutton)

Adrien Brody plays Harry Houdini in the History Channel mini series. (Credit: Colin Hutton)

But does the TV mini series do justice to Houdini’s legacy? Could there be more behind his great escapes? What was true and what was myth about the man originally born as Erik Weisz? These questions can be the impetus for many research paper topics to explore. Read more

Women in the Revolutionary War: From Boycotts to Battlefields

Are you searching for research paper topics for a U.S. history class? How about writing a paper on women in the Revolutionary War?

The Pentagon opened combat roles to women during the Revolutionary War. (Credit: Currier & Ives, Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons)

The Pentagon opened combat roles to women during the Revolutionary War. (Credit: Currier & Ives, Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons)

Women played a crucial role in the American Revolution (1775-1783) in a variety of ways, including boycotting goods to fighting on the battlefields. This was a period marked by controversies for women. On one hand, their roles were limited by the traditional stereotypes and regulations, while on the other, women felt the influence of the revolutionary spirit. Read more