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Discuss LGBT rights and marriage equality in your next research paper

The history of LGBT rights and marriage equality in the United States offers many areas to explore in a research paper.

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Learn more about LGBT rights. (Credit: RAC.org)

The latest comes courtesy of the North Carolina state legislature, which, in a special session, overruled previous anti-discrimination legislation established earlier in the year in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more

A different take on the war in Afghanistan as your research topic

The latest movie from famed comedian Tina Fey, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, is based on the memoir by Kim Barker, The Taliban Shuffle. While the movie diverges somewhat from the memoir’s original plot, it still focuses on a war correspondent confronting the realities of the War in Afghanistan.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot offers a different twist on the war in Afghanistan. (Credit: NPR)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot offers a different twist on the war in Afghanistan. (Credit: NPR)

Not only does the war itself offer many research paper topics, but also the role of the media in wartime is another area to explore. Read more

U.S., Cuba relations as your political science research topic

President Obama and his family have made a historic trip to Cuba. It’s the first visit by a sitting U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge. Despite President Obama’s efforts to improve U.S.-Cuba relations, the American embargo is still in place and the island nation’s record on human rights violations continues to be a significant issue.

Cuba President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama meet. (Credit: Mandel Nga—AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama meet. (Credit: Mandel Nga—AFP/Getty Images)

Both areas offer many research paper topics to consider for classes in political science, economics, history and more. Read more

Sleep deprivation and daylight saving time as your health research topic

Having once again just sprung forward an hour thanks to daylight saving time, you may still be adjusting to the time change. But what studies are revealing is that the shifting one hour ahead can cause some serious health problems, as well as adding to Americans’ levels of sleep deprivation.

Do you deal with sleep deprivation? (Credit: Jeg & Sons)

Do you deal with sleep deprivation? (Credit: Jeg & Sons)

A research paper could examine not only the health effects of too little sleep, but also the societal issues surrounding sleep and why we don’t value it. Read more

Where to Invade Next highlights economics research topics

In the new Michael Moore documentary, Where to Invade Next, the controversial filmmaker examines key differences between economics in the U.S. and other countries, especially in Europe. Many Americans who believe in U.S. superiority may be surprised by the film.

Compare economics of the U.S. and other countries for your research paper. (Credit: The Commonwealth Fund)

Compare economics of the U.S. and other countries for your research paper. (Credit: The Commonwealth Fund)

Our theory of American Exceptionalism leads us to assume that U.S. economics policies are best because they are based on freedom and the strength of the individual. Other countries, however, trend toward a more universal approach to governance and social management. This difference of views would make for an enlightening research paper. Read more

Topic ideas for art related research papers

Whether you are an art major or filling a requirement, there is a high probability that writing a research paper on art and artists is in your future as a college student.

Find a good art related topic idea here. (Credit: SBU.edu)

Find a good art related topic idea here. (Credit: SBU.edu)

The art world offers a range of ideas that you can gear towards your interests or a specific class, whether that means focusing on art history, specific artistic movements or even one or more famous artists. Read more

Vaccines and immunizations as good research paper topics

Recently in the news there has been positive and negative stories about vaccines and immunizations. On the good side, a new study has shown that the HPV virus has been reduced significantly due to the HPV vaccine, which was introduced a decade ago.

Find out more about the use of vaccines here. (Credit: Getty)

Find out more about the use of vaccines here. (Credit: Getty)

However in Great Britain, the death of several children due to a meningitis outbreak has raised debate about who is allowed to receive certain vaccines and immunizations and when in that country. Vaccines have become a source of conflict in the last several decades, offering many research paper topics to explore. Read more

Discuss Benghazi in your next political science research paper

After almost four years, the Benghazi controversy still generates headlines. Last fall, Hillary Clinton testified before Congress yet again about the terrorist attack in Libya. More recently, the release of the movie by Michael Bay, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, once again revived interest in what really happened at the U.S. embassy.

Find out more about the Benghazi controversy in 13 Hours. (Credit: ComingSoon.net)

Find out more about the Benghazi controversy in 13 Hours. (Credit: ComingSoon.net)

The causes that led up to the deaths of four Americans, as well as the aftermath for Libya and the world make intriguing research paper ideas to explore. Read more

Zika virus, microcephaly and Guillain-Barre as medical research topics

For issues of diseases and disorders, there are interesting research paper topics on the current outbreak of the Zika virus. Zika is transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. So far, the virus is affecting people in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Find out more about the Zika virus. (Credit: James Gathany, CDC)

Find out more about the Zika virus. (Credit: James Gathany, CDC)

Zika virus symptoms are flu-like: fever, joint pain, a rash and conjunctivitis of the eyes, and lasting about a week. However it has also been linked to the birth defect microcephaly and the rare Guillain-Barre syndrome. Read more

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, as your research topic

Harper Lee has died; the author was 89. The childhood friend of Truman Capote, she established her literary reputation on the basis of a single novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Last year saw the release of an earlier draft of her famed book, entitled Go Set a Watchman.

Learn more about books written by Harper Lee. (Credit: USA Today)

Learn more about books written by Harper Lee. (Credit: USA Today)

Casting the beloved character of Atticus Finch as a racist, many were upset by the new book. Comparing the two books is just one of many research paper topics to explore. Read more