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Iowa caucus and beyond for your research paper

For those who don’t spend their lives glued to C-SPAN, U.S. elections can be a crazy, confusing thing. Even if you do understand how the Iowa caucus and other presidential primaries play a part in getting someone elected president, the 2016 presidential election so far has been wilder than most.

Learn more about the Iowa caucus here. (Credit: The Des Moines Register)

Learn more about the Iowa caucus here. (Credit: The Des Moines Register)

There are multiple research paper topics to explore in Presidential politics, from understanding how our election process works to ways it could be improved. Read more

Oxfam report on income inequality as your research paper topic

The issue of income inequality has been much discussed since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007, but the latest Oxfam report indicates that more of the global economy than ever is in the hands of the wealthiest.

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Learn more about income equality. (Credit: CNN)

With the rich getting richer, the areas to explore in a research paper also increase, as the income gap grows to encompass more and more issues, including health and mortality. Read more

Making A Murderer: Research topic on criminal justice

Making a Murderer is the Netflix online, 10-episode documentary series by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, ten years in the making, about the case of Steven Avery from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. After DNA evidence freed Avery from a wrongful conviction, he was arrested again and sentenced to life.

Learn more about criminal justice in Making A Murderer. (Credit: Indiewire)

Learn more about criminal justice in Making A Murderer. (Credit: Indiewire)

In both cases, police were accused of tampering with evidence. The case offers interesting research paper topics in criminal justice and true crime stories. Read more

The influence of David Bowie as your research topic

Ziggy Stardust. The Thin White Duke. Major Tom. Aladdin Sane. Jareth the Goblin King. Whichever persona you identify the most with the late David Bowie, the musician not only transformed rock music, but he also was a master of reinvention, continually transforming himself.

Learn more about the late David Bowie here. (Credit: Roger Ebert)

Learn more about the late David Bowie here. (Credit: Roger Ebert)

David Bowie shed personas and displayed a gender fluidity that was groundbreaking, just one of the many fascinating areas to explore in a research paper on his influence. Read more

Migration crisis: Discuss how European governments are handling it in your research paper

The migration crisis hit a symbolic milestone in December 2015—according to the International Organization for Migration, European governments have accepted 1 million Syrian refugees and others from the Middle East and Africa.

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Learn more about the recent migration crisis. (Credit: Reuters/Scanpix)

The reasons these displaced people are fleeing—war, persecution and poverty—offer many topics for a research paper, as does how the European governments have handled the migrants’ desire to be granted asylum. Read more

Research paper topic: Trumbo movie illuminates Hollywood blacklist

We may think that today our biggest threat is from terrorism yet the film, Trumbo reminds us of a time in U.S. history when our fears were focused on Communism. The Trumbo movie stars Bryan Cranston as the famed writer who landed on the Hollywood blacklist for his political views.

Find out how Trumbo exemplifies Communism here. (Credit: orlandosentinel.com)

Find out how Trumbo exemplifies Communism here. (Credit: orlandosentinel.com)

Helen Mirren co-stars as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper who helped fuel the “Red Scare” that took over the nation during the 1950s. If you’re interested in the subject of censorship in America and the dangers of political oppression, consider investigating Trumbo and the Hollywood blacklist for your next research paper. Read more

Mother Teresa becoming a saint as your research topic

The Catholic Church appears to have Mother Teresa on the fast track to becoming a saint. The nun known around the world for her work with the poor in India died in 1997, and the latest reports indicate that Pope Francis signed a decree that recognizes a miracle linked to her.

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Learn more about Mother Teresa here. (Credit: olphscv.org)

That would make the second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, a necessary hurdle for canonization. The history of how the Catholic Church has granted sainthood, as well as Mother Teresa’s legacy, are just some ideas to pursue in a research paper. Read more

PACs vs. public financing for your next research paper

Political action committees, more commonly known as PACs, may date back to 1944, but they have dominated the election news cycle for the past decade.

Learn more about PACs here for your research paper. (Credit: BOMA/Chicago Political Action Committee)

Learn more about PACs here for your research paper. (Credit: BOMA/Chicago Political Action Committee)

Could political campaigns funded by public financing offset the influence of the few wealthy donors giving through PACs and super PACs? That is just one area to explore in a research paper on the topic. Read more

Research topic: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Time Person of the Year

Despite the horrendously unflattering portrait of Angela Merkel on the cover of the magazine, the German Chancellor deserved being named Time Person of the Year for 2015.

Learn more about German Chancellor Angela Merkel for your research paper. (Credit: Confused Sandals)

Learn more about German Chancellor Angela Merkel for your research paper. (Credit: Confused Sandals)

Some interesting research paper topics on Angela Merkel, called the most powerful woman in the world, include her achievements and the small number of women chosen by Time magazine for the honor. Read more