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Research Paper Topics on the Environmental Movement

April is Earth Month, a time to reflect on how humanity is caring for the welfare and well-being of the planet. The environmental movement has changed a great deal since the first Earth Day in 1970, but in the quest to slow down climate change experts agree much remains to be done to save the earth.

See what you can learn about the environmental movement here. (Credit: SCRLC)

See what you can learn about the environmental movement here. (Credit: SCRLC)

A research paper could focus on how environmental issues have changed over the years, as well as which issues have remained a constant. Read more

The Story of Black Colleges as Research Paper Topics

The documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities focuses on the impact these schools have had on the culture, history and identity of African Americans in the United States.

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Discover more on the history of black colleges. (Credit: YouTube)

Research paper topics spurred on by the film could focus on how these higher education opportunities came to be in the first place or if their role changed with affirmative action. Read more

The Zookeeper’s Wife and Civil Disobedience Research Paper Topics

The film, The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain tells the true story of how Antonina Zabinski and her husband defied Nazi orders and saved hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust. In an act of civil disobedience, the Zabinskis took Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto and hid them in the Warsaw Zoo.

Discover more on civil disobedience in The Zookeeper's Wife. (Credit: Rolling Stone)

Discover more on civil disobedience in The Zookeeper’s Wife. (Credit: Rolling Stone)

Many eventually made their way to freedom. Acts of civil disobedience such as this are inspirational stories in history and could inspire your next research paper. Read more

The Handmaid’s Tale Research Paper Topics

The Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1985 by Margaret Atwood, is a book, movie, and now a new Hulu television series about a dystopian future in which widespread sterility has put men in charge of women’s fertility.

Discover more on women's health in The Handmaid's Tale. (Credit: New Yorker)

Discover more on women’s health in The Handmaid’s Tale. (Credit: New Yorker)

The story has implications in today’s political climate where laws are being passed restricting women’s ability to decide their own course of reproduction. Read more

Government Information Research Paper Topics

Government information is vital for an informed citizenry. Information needs to be factual, secure and readily available to everyone.

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Find out more on government information as a research topic. (Credit: E-commerce Times)

Some good research paper topics on government information are mistrust of local and federal government information, technology trends and data security of information, and access to information. Read more

Constitutional Rights to Internet Privacy Research Paper Topics

The world wide web has become an integral part of our daily lives. Many Americans may not be aware, however, that the right to privacy soon won’t be guaranteed when it comes to our internet searches. The U.S. Congress recently passed legislation that takes away any internet privacy for citizens and allows telecommunications companies to sell your search histories.

Find out more about your internet privacy rights. (Credit: Galigio)

Find out more about your internet privacy rights. (Credit: Galigio)

Research paper topics on this subject to consider include how does such a law play with our Constitutional rights or do we need FCC rules and protections for internet privacy in the first place? Read more

Consequences of HB2 in North Carolina: Economic and Political Science Topics

It’s been one year since the controversial HB2 legislation was passed in North Carolina. Known as the Bathroom Bill, or by its official name—Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act—the bill established a new definition for the state of which classes of people were protected against discrimination, leaving out specific coverage of LGBT individuals or veterans.

See what topics you can cover on HB2. (Credit: WRAL)

See what topics you can cover on HB2. (Credit: WRAL)

Another aspect of the bill required public schools, state university and community college systems, state agencies and local government offices to restrict bathroom access to the person’s assigned sex at birth, which prohibited transgender people from using the bathroom that fit their gender identity. Read more

White Helmets and the Syrian Civil War as Your Research Paper Topic

The Syrian Civil War began during the uprisings of the Arab Spring in 2011. Since that time, it is estimated that the death toll from the armed conflict is at least 400,000. The Oscar win for the Netflix movie, White Helmets, brought a new wave of attention to this fight between ISIS and the Syrian government, rebel groups and the Kurds.

See what you can learn on the Syrian Civil War in the White Helmets documentary. (Credit: Netflix)

See what you can learn on the Syrian Civil War in the White Helmets documentary. (Credit: Netflix)

A wealth of research paper topics on this issue could be explored, from the roots of the fighting to the humanitarian crisis. Read more

Research Paper Topics on Feminism and the Media

The issue of feminism offers many areas to study in terms of research paper topics. From the history of the movement to its many offshoots, including women’s suffrage and the ERA.

Discover more on feminism for your research paper. (Credit: Everyday Feminism)

Discover more on feminism for your research paper. (Credit: Everyday Feminism)

A particular area of interest is women in the media—how they are portrayed in ad campaigns and whether these media depictions are meant to forward feminist causes or merely make products sell. Read more

How To Choose A Topic For Your Research Paper

For many college students, actually writing a research paper may not be as daunting as trying to choose a topic.

If you are struggling with how to narrow down your choices, read on for some how to advice to get you started. Read more