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America’s debt crisis and the fall of the middle class for your research paper

On Sunday, June 5, 2016, viewers of the HBO television show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver saw the comedian forgive $15 million in medical expenses debt that his company had acquired from creditors. His grandiose stunt was the high point on a commentary about America’s debt crisis.

Don't turn your loans into debt disasters. (Credit: US News Money)

Don’t turn your loans into debt disasters. (Credit: US News Money)

How much debt is America in? About 1.5 million households filed bankruptcy in the last year, making bankruptcy as common as college graduation and divorce. America’s debt crisis is a topic crying out for an in-depth research paper. Read more

Discussing disability issues in your next research paper

Adapted from the bestseller, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, the movie of the same name has drawn much criticism from film critics and the disabled community alike. All agree that Emilia Clarke scores a quirky and stunning performance, but critics bemoan an overly romantic and maudlin storyline.

Learn more about disability issues here. (Credit: Warner Bros)

Learn more about disability issues here. (Credit: Warner Bros)

The disabled community find fault with the portrayal of a quadriplegic man who wishes to end his life by assisted suicide. An examination of how the disabled are portrayed by the media could be the focus of your next research paper. Read more

Writing help: Planning a research paper

The odds are pretty slim that you will make it through four years of college without having to write a research paper. But don’t be frightened by the prospect.

Let us help you plan out your research paper. (Credit: YouTube)

Let us help you plan out your research paper. (Credit: YouTube)

Planning a research paper doesn’t have to be scary; in fact, we often make it more difficult than it needs to be. Questia, the Internet’s top research and paper-writing tool for students, is a great place to find writing help. Read more

Research paper topics on HB2 and civil rights

Civil rights for the LGBT community seemed to be improving in recent years. However the recent North Carolina law, known as HB2, has put transgender rights in particular back in the spotlight.

Find out more about HB2 for your next research paper. (Credit: WRAL.com)

Find out more about HB2 for your next research paper. (Credit: WRAL.com)

Gender identity is a complicated subject that is being discussed more openly than ever before and offers many research paper topics to consider, from the psychological to the current focus on civil rights and how laws will be changed and shaped to work with the changing level of acceptance in the U.S. Read more

America’s addiction to prescription painkillers as your research paper topic

As we learn more details about the death of rock star Prince, more attention is being focused on the widespread misuse of prescription painkillers. Statistics show that painkillers like oxycodone are the leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S. accounting for one death every 19 minutes.

Find out more about prescription painkillers for your next research paper. (Credit: Soren Dreier)

Find out more about prescription painkillers for your next research paper. (Credit: Soren Dreier)

When access to prescription painkillers is cut off then the next move is to street drugs like heroin. Both types of drugs have the same chemical structures and provide the same results. Consider taking a look at America’s growing opioid epidemic for your next research paper. Read more

Research paper topic: Anti-vaccines and data analysis methods

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who started the anti-vax movement in 1998, has directed a documentary film on the subject of vaccines. Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe opened on May 6, 2016 in several U.S. cities. The film gained attention when it was accepted and then pulled from the lineup at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

What do you know about vaccines? (Credit: Vaxxed.com)

What do you know about vaccines? (Credit: Vaxxed.com)

The major premise of the film is that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) committed fraud when it published findings saying that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Controversy over the research methods that support anti-vax ideology would make a great research paper topic. Read more

Mental Health Awareness month—Emerging trends in behavioral health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Behavioral health encompasses many areas for adults and children alike, making it a great area to explore for a research paper.

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Find out more about mental health for your research paper. (Credit: potomacco.com)

While much remains to be done in regards to how we treat mental health problems, there are some emerging trends, such as the Eliza app, that are changing our approach. Read more

Dealing with grief and loss research paper topic

In his new film, Demolition, Jake Gyllenhaal portrays an investment banker who decides to wage destruction on the things in his life as a way of dealing with grief from the loss of his wife. Although psychologists say that there are five stages of grief anyone who has experienced significant loss will tell you that grief is a process without a definite time frame or pattern.

Learn more about the stages of grief here. (Credit: Faces & Voices of Recovery)

Learn more about the stages of grief here. (Credit: Faces & Voices of Recovery)

While there are stages of grief, they tend to vary depending on the individual. For your next research paper consider delving into the topic of grief. Read more

Genetic mutations and inherited diseases research paper topics

Started in 2014, the Resilience Project aims to profile the DNA of thousands of healthy adults to learn more about the ways our bodies protect us from inherited diseases. The hope is that by studying a wide range of people, the researchers can learn more about natural immunity, as well as genetic mutations that help and hurt us.

Find out more about genetic mutations and inherited diseases. (Credit: Sahifa)

Find out more about genetic mutations and inherited diseases. (Credit: Sahifa)

The Project and its goals hit on a number of other research paper topics as well, from information on how DNA first came to be mapped to what we still don’t understand about the building block of our bodies. Read more

Copyright law and the Happy Birthday song as your research topic

“Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear (name). Happy Birthday to you.” Believe it or not, those four repetitive words earned Warner/Chappell, the publishing branch of the huge Warner Music Group, $2 million a year in royalties. A legal battle brewed over the rights to the song when filmmaker Jennifer Nelson challenged copyright laws to the popular birthday music.

The Happy Birthday song is worth millions of dollars in licence fees every year to music publishing company Warner/Chappell. (Credit: Will Clayton/Flickr)

The Happy Birthday song is worth millions of dollars in licence fees every year to music publishing company Warner/Chappell. (Credit: Will Clayton/Flickr)

Interesting research paper topics would be to write about the history and the copyright law on the “Happy Birthday to You” song. Read more