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Monuments Men movie: Art history topic for research paper

Lt. Dale Ford (left) and translator Harry Ettlinger (right) recover a self-portrait by Rembrandt from the Heilbronn-Kochendorf salt mines. (Credit: History Vs Hollywood)

Lt. Dale Ford (left) and translator Harry Ettlinger (right) recover a self-portrait by Rembrandt from the Heilbronn-Kochendorf salt mines. (Credit: History Vs Hollywood)

The recent Monuments Men movie starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, is remarkably accurate for a Hollywood production. Many of the characters and locations were based on real people and places. For good research paper topics, watch the movie for the basis of the dramatic story, then consult a scholarly article on art preservation, or research some best history books on World War II operations or biographies of real Monuments Men and women. Read more

How to self-edit your college term paper

With the right tools and preparation, self-editing can be a simple task.

With the right tools and preparation, self-editing can be a simple task.

Being your own editor is often difficult. You know what your paper is supposed to say, and you tend to skim over your own writing without a critical eye. You need to make a clear thesis, include pertinent supporting information, write clearly and cut extraneous material. For a student advantage in writing term papers, here are some tips for college students for editing your paper into a professional scholarly article.

The basics of editing

As explained in “How to Self Edit (to Improve Writing),” by Dianne Bates in Practically Primary, October 2011, found on Questia.com, there are four major components of editing: adding words, deleting words, changing words and moving words. Read more

Pompeii movie: Research paper topics on Roman conquest, festivals and an angry volcano

Ash casts of victims from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Ash casts of victims from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Consider the new movie Pompeii as a source for good research paper topics. The sword-and-sandal spectacular is filled with gladiators, conquered Celts, horse whisperers, corrupt senators, forbidden love and an angry mountain god. You can consult some of the best history books or a scholarly article for information on Roman gladiators, religious festivals and politics. You could also research a science journal for facts about volcanic eruptions.

The movie Pompeii is like the blockbuster Titanic from 1997—we all know it ends, so the movie is about the journey of the ordinary people caught up in the danger and drama. The historian Pliney the Younger recorded the events of that fateful day of August 24, 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted spewing ash, toxic gases and the life-ending pyroclastic flow that destroyed the city-states of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Read more

20th and 21st century philosophy: Good research paper topics

Philosophy studies the ideas of knowledge, truth and nature. (Credit: Studio5)

Philosophy studies the ideas of knowledge, truth and nature. (Credit: Studio5)

Here are some tips for college students looking for good research paper topics for a philosophy major. You can use effective search terms and keywords to search the Internet for primary and secondary sources such as a scholarly article, a university’s philosophy department website, philosophy databases or online books.

Approaching a philosophy paper

According to Harvard University’s Department of Philosophy: “Philosophy is the systematic and critical study of fundamental questions that arise both in everyday life and through the practice of other disciplines.” It encompasses a wide variety of subjects. Because it is not science, it doesn’t rely on provable facts or research.

For your research paper, you will need to have an opinion on an issue and argue your case in a clear and logical manner. Read more

Language and linguistics offer good research paper topics

There are many benefits to studying Linguistics during one's college career. (Credit: Benjamin Stewart)

There are many benefits to studying Linguistics during one’s college career. (Credit: Benjamin Stewart)

What is linguistics? It’s the study of language and how it’s put together. If you’re looking for good research paper topics for your linguistics, English or foreign languages classes, you can check out Questia.com to find a scholarly article on linguistics, sociolinguistics, semantics or the people who have made contributions to the field.

Linguistics studies grammar, sentence structure, syntax, vocabulary, semantics, lexicon and phonology or the way words sound. There are many branches and fields of study in linguistics, including dialectology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics and applied linguistics. Read more