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Award winning short stories in contemporary literature as your research topic

Analyses of award winning short stories are among the good research paper topics in the field of contemporary literature. There are many short story genres, languages and themes to research and any number of awards you can look at to find source material.

A stack of contemporary literature books. (Credit: Jono's Book Reviews)

A stack of contemporary literature books. (Credit: Jono’s Book Reviews)

Here are some interesting research paper topics on inspirational short stories. Read more

TV show Orphan Black characters: Innovations in filmmaking

The BBC America/Canadian sci-fi television show Orphan Black just wrapped up its third season with the versatile actress Tatiana Maslany having played more than a dozen different characters, all clones in a secret scientific experiment.

Actress Tatiana Maslany has played over a dozen roles on the show Orphan Black. (Credit: BBC America)

Actress Tatiana Maslany has played over a dozen roles on the show Orphan Black. (Credit: BBC America)

An interesting research paper topic for your television or filmmaking production class is to write about the many ways this boundary-pushing show has made advances in camera work and costume makeup techniques to distinguish the many different Orphan Black characters. Read more

U.S. incarceration rates and criminal punishment for your criminal justice term paper

Criminal punishment, incarceration rates by race, the role of rehabilitation, and the high rate of the mentally ill in prison all offer many good research paper topics.

Find out how the U.S. incarceration rate is highest in the world. (Credit: Shannon Stapleton, Reuters)

Find out how the U.S. incarceration rate is highest in the world. (Credit: Shannon Stapleton, Reuters)

For your term paper you could discuss how the U.S. imprisons more people than any other country, measures to reduce the prison population, race disparity in the U.S. criminal justice system or psychological treatment for mentally ill prisoners. Read more

Research paper topic: Famous historians

The topic of “historians” for a term paper is daunting because it’s so vast. You could write about famous historians, historians of a certain era throughout history, historians who specialize in a certain topic, problems faced by historians, or debate about historical facts from one historian to another.

Learn more about famous historians. (Credit: Goodreads)

Learn more about famous historians. (Credit: Goodreads)

Here are some interesting research paper topics you can find on history websites or in history books. Read more

Media studies research topic: LGBT community on TV

Aspects of LGBT portrayal on television would make interesting research paper topics. Cucumber and Banana, and the documentary Tofu, are a new series of interlocking television shows portraying the LGBT community in England that have debuted recently from creator and writer Russell T. Davies. The shows present the lives of gay and straight urban couples living their lives in the 21st century.

Cast of Cucumber, an LGBT show in England. (Credit: Ben Blackall/Red Production Company Ltd.)

Cast of Cucumber, an LGBT show in England. (Credit: Ben Blackall/Red Production Company Ltd.)

Davies was the writer of the popular Queer as Folk, the 2005 reboot of Doctor Who and Torchwood. For your LGBT issues class or media studies course, consider writing about how gays and lesbians are treated in television shows. Read more

5 steps to an “A” worthy research paper

If your first reaction when a professor assigns a research paper involves sweaty palms, increased heart rate or a stomach tied in knots, you’re not alone. Many college students dread writing research papers because the process can seem grueling and much more stressful than simply studying material for an upcoming exam.

Be sure to take extra time to perfect your research paper. (Credit: QuickMeme.com)

Be sure to take extra time to perfect your research paper. (Credit: QuickMeme.com)

The good news is that there are many readily available resources that you can use to ensure you get a good grade on your research paper – you just have to know where to find them. That’s where we come in. Read on for the five steps to follow if you want a stellar research paper. Read more

Fast food industry term paper topics

The fast food industry offers a lot of good research paper topics. You can write about the economics, food preparation, food supply, consumer perception of fast food, nutritional content or employee wages.

The many fast food options you can research. (Credit: The Global Gossip)

The many fast food options you can research. (Credit: The Global Gossip)

Here are some suggestions for term paper topics on food trends and economics at fast food restaurants. Read more

Journalism and the Fourth Estate for your next research paper

In a course on mass communication you’re likely to cover topics such as broadcast journalism, news media and investigative journalism. Journalism is also known as the fourth branch of government, or the Fourth Estate, because it plays such an important role in our democracy. In order for the public to make decisions when voting, they must be well informed on the issues.

Learn more about the history of journalism. (Credit: Wannabe Reporter)

Learn more about the history of journalism. (Credit: Wannabe Reporter)

The news media wields great power in its ability to shape public opinion. For this and many other reasons, the history of journalism would make for an interesting research paper topic. Read more

Gustav Klimt artwork Woman in Gold term paper topic

Elements of the movie Woman in Gold would make good research paper topics. The true story is about an elderly Jewish survivor of World War II who sues the Austrian government for the return of the Gustav Klimt artwork “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” also known as the Woman in Gold, which was stolen by the Nazis.

Learn more about the Woman in Gold artwork for your research paper. (Credit: BBC Films)

Learn more about the Woman in Gold artwork for your research paper. (Credit: BBC Films)

For your art history or history class, consider writing a term paper on the legal and historical aspects of the famous painting. Read more

Political correctness in law, media & sports for your term paper

A good term paper topic is to discuss how political correctness can be beneficial and destructive. A benefit is that people make sure to use unbiased, politically correct terms and nondiscriminatory language so as not to hurt or denigrate other ethnic or racial groups. A disadvantage is when political correctness is taken to an extreme to curb creativity and prevent free speech.

Discuss political correctness for your next research paper. (Credit: Alamy)

Discuss political correctness for your next research paper. (Credit: Alamy)

Here are some good research paper topics for you to write about ways political correctness is used in law enforcement, the media and sports. Read more