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M82 supernova: good research paper topics for astronomy

Supernova in M82. (Credit: UCL/University of London Observatory/Steve Fossey/Ben Cooke/Guy Pollack/Matthew Wilde/Thomas Wright)

Supernova in M82. (Credit: UCL/University of London Observatory/Steve Fossey/Ben Cooke/Guy Pollack/Matthew Wilde/Thomas Wright)

The recent discovery of the supernova in the M82 galaxy is a great opportunity for good research paper topics for your astronomy class. For information for your term paper on this event or the formation or significance of supernovae in general, you can research recent science articles or look up keywords and search terms in a prominent science journal or website.

Astronomy students discover supernova

On January 21, 2014, a nearby supernova was discovered by astronomy students from the University of London Observatory. After doing preliminary checks on the popular cigar-shaped galaxy known as M82, students found a superbright star that was not there the week before. It was a Type 1a supernova—an exploded white dwarf star. 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

What is SEO and why is it important for research?

Be careful when clicking the "I'm feeling lucky" button when searching on Google. (Credit: greyloch)

Be careful when clicking the “I’m feeling lucky” button when searching on Google. (Credit: greyloch)

Searching for good research paper topics online is a lot like searching the library. You first need to know what you’re looking for. SEO, which stands for “search engine optimization,” means getting the most out of using search engines, like Google, Bing and Yahoo, to use your keywords to find appropriate business, history or science articles and books in the bazillion-byte world of the vast Internet. When you search the Internet, you want to find what you’re looking for as quickly as possible. Read more