175 Good Research Paper Topics

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If you’re here, chances are you have been assigned a research paper and are looking for good research paper topics — and if not, you will almost certainly come across such an assignment in your high school and later college career. Fear not! Whether you be a burgeoning writer or a practiced hand, this comprehensive list of 175 research topics will set you on track to a quality, in-depth research essay of your own.

Read on for tons of school paper ideas and inspiration.

What is a research paper?

What is a research paper?

What is a research paper?

To begin, what is a research paper? A research paper is a long-form essay in which you develop a thesis via reasoning and evidence. As per its name, research — and evidence — are vital, and professors often require proper citation of sources.

But with so many interesting topics out there, it’s hard to know what to research — and what topics will yield the strongest research papers.

What types of research papers are there?

What types of research papers are there?

Research papers exist in all fields of study. Whether your paper is assigned in social sciences, English, history, or most other humanities courses, the overall outline is the same: you research a topic, craft an argument, and defend it, citing sources as evidence along the way. History classes are more likely to send you digging for first-hand accounts, or sorting through the long essays of previous historians, while a political or social science class will leave you skimming newspaper articles and learning about current issues. If you are doing a research paper on a work of literature, be sure to read the work carefully (no Sparknotes!), and underline or make note cards if those study habits help you.

Remember that for all research papers, the challenge is to craft a strong thesis and support it with plenty of cited evidence.

What makes a strong research paper topic?

What makes a strong research paper topic?

What makes a strong research paper topic?

Rather than just give you a list of research topics, we’ll detail the overarching things you’d want in a strong research paper, as well as some school paper ideas.

You want to choose a research paper topic that you can craft an argument around. To that end, a broad topic might make for a good starting point. Think immigration, or environmental protection. However, those topics are so broad that you could write a dozen different papers on them. If you try to cover the entire topic in one paper, you most likely won’t be able to narrow in on one aspect or get any real depth. Therefore, it is best to probe one aspect of a broader topic to develop a specific, focused argument for your thesis. For example, immigration could lend itself to a variety of arguments: The Case For (or Against) Open Borders (#1, 2), Change in Immigration Trends Across the Past Ten (or Twenty, or Thirty) Years (#3, 4, 5), Effects of Immigration on American Business (#6). More research could narrow the topic even further — Effects of Immigration on American Business could become Effects of Mexican Migration on California Agriculture (#7).

Bear in mind that with each of these topics, your job is not only to research the topic, but to craft an argument. With the last topic in mind, you could focus on a few specific impacts of migration on California agriculture and back each impact up with evidence. For Change in Immigration Trends, you could argue why certain trends have changed, using outside evidence and inferences. It’s important not only to present research — in this case, changing trends — but to interpret that research and use it to back up your argument.

Not sure where to hone in? Consider writing with a particular lens, or perspective. One simple way is to look at change over time, and then center your argument around why a certain change took place. Another method is to compare certain groups, or focus on one particular group — How did the 2008 Housing Bubble Affect Blue-Collar Workers? How did the Black Death Alter Europeans’ Perception of the Jews? (#8, 9) This method is commonly employed to highlight underrepresented groups. A final, easily employed technique is to focus on the why of any change, fact, or trend.

For example, Migration of Monarch Butterflies (#10) is a great starting point, but looking at how that migration has changed in recent years, and why — are there environmental factors? Are the changes unavoidable, or can they be undone? (#11, 12, 13) — makes for a deeper research paper. Alternately, look at how Monarch butterflies have appeared in various cultures over time, or explain how Monarchs evolved to migrate when most other butterfly species die within a few weeks of emerging from their cocoons (#14, 15). The more angles you look at a topic from, the more likely you are to find a question which has not yet been explored, and which, hopefully, ignites your interest.

A few pointers for choosing a research paper topic:

A few pointers for choosing a research paper topic:

1. Topics around current issues will yield stronger research papers for a few reasons:

Your audience — in this case, your teacher, professor, or TA — has a clear concept of the topic already, and is therefore able to delve deeper with you and follow your arguments. For example, most Americans have heard various arguments for and against the Second Amendment, and so would probably understand a research paper on Analysis of European Models of Gun Control Contrasted with US Gun Policy more easily than they would follow Advantages and Disadvantages of the 18th Century Bayonet (#16, 17).

Current issues are being pursued with current research, which is vital to any good research paper. While Short and Long Term Effects of the Salem Witch Hunts (#18) would make for an interesting essay, you would be hard-pressed to find specific first-hand documents, and would most likely a) have to parse through old English tests, and b) lean heavily on secondary accounts and the analyses of historians (which would, in turn, be even harder if you chose a topic less well known than the Salem witch huts).

In contrast, something like Short and Long Term Effects of the 2010’s California Wildfires (#19) should supply plenty of well-documented data, in the realms of environmental degradation, business interests, and the impact on civilian populations. This is not to say that Salem witch hunts are a poor choice — modern topics simply have more data for you to use in your arguments.

One caveat: be careful not to choose a current issue that is overly polarizing. Any argument will have a counter-argument, and any current debate will have members on both sides, so you simply have to use your judgment. A research paper on environmental research which accepts the hypothesis of climate change will most likely be accepted, but an essay delving into the presidential impeachment may not fly with a teacher on the opposite side of the political spectrum as you.

2. Choose a topic with demonstrated importance. This is easily done by choosing a current issue. If you do not choose a current issue, tie your topic to the modern day. Barring that, at least explain its importance. You don’t want to spend all your time and effort researching something that everyone deems frivolous, so either concoct an argument as to why it is not frivolous, or choose something that a wide audience can understand and, more importantly, care about.

For example, maybe you are intrigued by Fashions of France Under Louis XIV (#20). The average reader probably knows very little about Louis XIV, so take care to explain that you are writing about one of the most powerful rulers of France, a man who changed politics in his day and whose rule had lasting effects even today. If you can relate the fashions you have such a passion for to politics or historical facts that all readers can relate to, you will have a much more engaged audience — one which will come away knowing a bit more about silk leggings and whalebone corsets.

3. Choose a topic that excites you! There may be many data points if you want to write about Fluctuations in the United States Budget (#21) (hint: the yearly budget is in the public domain online), but if politics and economics are not your playing field, pursue something that interests you instead. Your passion will show in the depth of your research, richness of your background knowledge, and the creativity of your argument.

How to Form a Strong Thesis for a Research Paper

How to Form a Strong Thesis for a Research Paper

How to Form a Strong Thesis for a Research Paper

You may have gathered this already, but they key to any strong thesis is argument. You want to have a thesis that states a claim which can be backed up with evidence.

The strongest theses argue claims to which there is a reasonable counter-argument. Furthermore — and especially at higher levels — you want to make a claim which is somewhat unique, so that you are not simply parroting the words of other writers. At the same time, you should try to avoid something that is too outlandish — remember, your claim should be something that your readers can get behind!

The steps to formulating a strong thesis are simple:

1. First, do thorough research into your topic. Is there an ongoing debate in your field? Investigate that, and see where you stand — it’s best if you do not fit precisely in to one of the two camps. Begin to formulate your own argument, noting sources that you can cite later.

2. Simplify your argument until you are able to state it in one sentence (this will become your thesis statement, which generally goes in the last sentence of your opening paragraph).

3. Now for the thesis statement. Take the sentence of your argument, and add to it the specific points you will display in the course of your paper. A general template is (claim), for reasons x, y, and z.

4. Work and re-work your thesis statement to make it digestible. The easier it is for your readers to understand, the more they will understand your argument in the rest of your research paper.

Academic Levels of Research Papers

Academic Levels of Research Papers

Academic Levels of Research Papers

Do the requirements for a research paper vary by academic level? The answer is both yes and no: higher-level research papers focus more heavily on research itself, while middle school and high school research papers are more likely to focus on grammar, conjunctions, and mastery of language, due to the fact that extensive research is highly challenging and taught in ‘small steps.’ A college student should be proficient in grammar and citations, so there is far more emphasis on developed, in-depth research and analysis.

So, if you are taking a middle or high school class, does that mean you can be let off easy? Not really — just focus on meeting the requirements of your particular assignment to the best of your ability.

Another marked difference is the amount of research required. A middle school teacher is likely to require as little as one to five sources cited (and make sure they are properly cited — no citation websites!), while a high school teacher may require twice or triple that number.

Furthermore, the higher you go in academia, the more in-depth analysis will be expected of you. Again, this doesn’t mean you’re free to skimp on analysis if you aren’t yet in college — just do your best, knowing that it will be good practice for when you are expected to be even better.

Middle School Research Paper Tips

In middle school, the point is to teach you how to write a research paper. Think of it as when you were given your first ‘how to paragraph’ outline, with fill-in-the-blanks for topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence.

As you grow and your writing matures, you become proficient in writing paragraphs that don’t follow that structure, but it was an arguably necessary first step (at least the public education system thinks so). Your research paper assignment is quite likely in the same vein: its purpose is to teach you what a research paper is, rather than to produce something new and stunning. Remember that, and do your best.

Here are a few tips which will serve you for this paper and all those you write in your academic career henceforth — basically, the lessons your teacher is hoping you will learn:

1. How to research.

Good research is harder than you would think. It takes more than a Google search, and more than skimming a book in the library (although kudos to you for going to a library in this digital age).

To research any topic thoroughly, you want multiple perspectives, and if those perspectives differ, so much the better. For a political topic, you would do well to read articles written by news sources on both sides of the political spectrum — for example, in American politics, Fox News and CNN — and then fact check anything you want to quote.

Use reputable sources. Governmental and academic institutions are generally good bets — look for .gov and .edu websites — as are most public news sources. If you aren’t sure if your source can be trusted, there are several fact-checking websites out there. Type the name of the website you wish to use and ‘reliability’ into Google, and check one or two of the fact-checking sites to see if your source is trustworthy.

2. Have a good, easy-to-understand thesis statement.

And make sure it actually reflects what your essay is about! Read over your essay once from start to finish, and adjust your thesis to make sure it fits.

3. Organize your structure.

Remember the five-paragraph essay? A research paper is organized much the same way, but instead of three supporting paragraphs, you’ll go for three supporting sections, each of which contains multiple paragraphs.

As mentioned in the ‘thesis’ section above, you should mention your three supporting claims in your thesis statement. These claims are then developed and discussed in the three sections.

4. Grammar matters!

There is a strong temptation nowadays to rely on grammar-checking apps and spell-check, but this will not serve you in the long run. While there’s nothing wrong with googling the spelling of a certain word, teaching your brain to rely on apps will mean that you never actually learn how a sentence is formed, or the mechanics of spelling beyond and elementary level — and that can be problematic down the road. Do your future self a favor and make sure you understand the basics of grammar now, before you have bigger fish to fry.

On a brighter note, a properly used semicolon makes you look sophisticated, and can sway a friendly grader.

High School Research Paper Tips

High School Research Paper Tips

Congratulations, you’re in high school! By now your teacher expects you to know the basics of comma usage and spelling, the most common citation models (although if you don’t, quick internet searches can remedy all of that), and a bit about research. Now you can really hammer down on analysis and expand your research skills.

Tips:

1. Citation Models

Your teacher is likely to assign you to use one of a few different citation methods. The most common are Chicago and APA, but there are certainly others. Most of them include the same information — publication, date accessed, author, website, date of publication — but present it in a different order, and in a different location in your research paper.

What’s important here is not having the recipe for different citation models memorized — there are many rules — but being capable of researching how to cite using different models. There are articles on line for the subtleties of each method, and it’s your job to comb through the rules whenever you have a question. Remember, the more you learn now, the easier it will be for you in college.

There are websites which can ‘cite’ sources for you — essentially, you input the information above, and the website puts it in order for you, placing periods and applying italics where necessary. That’s fine, although with the amount of time it takes to load the citation, combined with the fact that you nearly always have to look up an author or publication date yourself, it might be faster to cite your sources yourself.

2. Wikipedia

Wikipedia always comes up in discussions of proper research. Is Wikipedia a trusted source?

The answer is complicated. On one hand, Wikipedia can be contributed to by anyone, including someone who knows nothing about the topic. On the other, it is also corrected and curated by civilians who don’t want misinformation online. Something that is glaringly untrue, added to a popular article, is likely to be taken down posthaste.

Science articles on Wikipedia can generally be trusted, if you can parse through the scientific language, because there isn’t a great impetus for people to put up false information in fake science terms. Do double-check with other sites, though.

Other articles on Wikipedia — politics, biography, history — are a bit more suspect. However, Wikipedia requires contributors to cite its sources, so you can always scroll to the bottom of the article and click on links to the sources. Are those sources trustworthy? Even if you cannot access them — print books and academic articles, sometimes behind paywalls, are cited quite often — you can usually determine whether or not they are legitimate sources. If so, then the Wikipedia claim based on those sources is probably also trustworthy.

As always, remember to double-check your information with other sources.

College Research Paper Tips

Now that you’re in college, you’ve probably written a few research papers. But you know that college professors (or TAs) grade with a harsher eye than schoolteachers, and your word count requirements may have skyrocketed. Fear not!

You’ve got this under control, but here are two quick tips:

1. Thorough Analysis is Key

Now that you’re in college, analysis is at the forefront. You don’t want to just reference a source, or quote it. You have to dig in to that quote, state its meaning in your own terms, and explain its inferences and biases.

You must show that not only have you read a source, you have digested its meaning, and you understand the context in which that source was written. Thorough analysis is key to any collegiate-level research paper.

2. Grammar Still Matters!

Remember skimming over this subtitle in the Middle School section? Then, a forgotten comma or a misspelled homophone (which most spell-check programs won’t catch) can be waved off. Now, an easy mistake will make it look like you didn’t edit — which, ultimately, gives the appearance that you don’t care. That’s not an impression you want to leave on your grader.

Additionally, college-level essays are given to long, complex sentences. That’s fine — just make sure they actually make sense. Read over your essay and be sure that you can follow, because if it’s hard for you, it’s certainly hard for your grader.

Triple-check those semicolons!

175 Examples of Good Research Paper Topics

175 Examples of Good Research Paper Topics

175 Examples of Good Research Paper Topics

Here are some broad research paper topics to consider, broken down into more specific areas. The first three are examples of topics derived from modern issues:

1. Gun Violence

Where to start? Consider researching guns in domestic conflicts, homicide, violence between police and civilians, violence between civilians, and mass shootings (#22-26).

Want to go deeper?

Compare any of the above with other areas of the world: how do American homicides relate to homicides in Venezuela, or Britain, or China? What cultural and legal differences are the root cause? How can foreign countries change, and how can America change? (#27-31)

What about a legal perspective?

Research the laws and restrictions of buying, transporting, and/or owning a gun (#32-34). Check out the cases that applied the Second Amendment to the states (hint: it’s quite recent).

Try a historical perspective.

Compare gun ownership and use today with that of the Wild West (#35). Why did the Boston Massacre, which only ended the lives of five people, have such wide-reaching cultural reverberations? What did it mean to own a gun two hundred years ago, as compared with today? (#36-37)

What are some proposed solutions to gun violence? Have they worked? Why/why not? (#38-40)

2. Drug use and addiction

There’s a lot to look at here. Do you want to focus on legal drugs — medicines, legal opioids and painkillers, marijuana? You could look at the growth of pharmaceutical companies, argue for or against the need for private development of drugs. Some necessary medical drugs are being sold at high prices — is this just? If so, why? If not, what is a just alternative? Is it fair for governments to control the free market in order to make necessary drugs cheaper?

Addiction can make for a very interesting paper. You could look at the trends of addiction over time, in teens/adults/elders, or the rich/the impoverished/the middle class. How has the policing of illegal drugs affected certain groups? What are successful models for ending or reducing addiction?

The legalization of marijuana in some states adds a new level, if this is an appropriate topic for your school or college. Because this is such a hot topic, there is extensive research being done on the effects of legalization, and the effects of marijuana use (#41-60).

3. Gender Equality

There is, again, a lot of research topic ideas in this area. Talk about the wage gap, and whether it is indicative of systemic discrimination or not (seriously; arguments have been made that women naturally gravitate, for various reasons, towards lower-paying jobs. You can argue that, too, if you find the research to back it up). Talk about historical discrimination, and changes over time. Talk about social issues — is there societal pressure for a woman to wear make up? If so, why? Are there negative impacts of that societal pressure, or positive ones? Can it be changed? Why, or why not? (#61-70)

A topic as broad as this one can also be applied to myriad other topics.

For example, an argument for or against raising the minimum wage could be enhanced by looking at the effects of a minimum wage on gender equality — are men and women equally represented among minimum-wage workers? If there is a discrepancy, why? Would raising the minimum wage increase that discrepancy, or resolve it? (#71-73)

You can also tie small topics to big ones — for example, How Does the Myth of Catherine the Great’s Death Reflect Gender Norms of 18th-Century Russia? (#74) Catherine the Great, a powerful tsarina and one of the most important rulers of Russia, was falsely rumored to have died committing sexual acts with a horse. One could make the argument that these rumors were spread because Catherine was a powerful woman in a time when few women ruled.

The feisty nature of the myth is sure to grab readers’ attention — although, beware, it would certainly earn a raised eyebrow or two from any teacher — and it can be tied to broader subjects which are easily researched, well documented, and supply a plentitude of arguments.

Subject-specific research paper prompts and ideas

Subject-specific research paper prompts and ideas

Subject-specific research paper prompts and ideas

1. Arts research paper

Compare any two art historical periods: dramatic Baroque with soft Rococo, hard-edged Neoclassicism with its predecessor, Rococo, perfect Renaissance art with distorted Mannerism. Then explain why the style of art changed from one to the other; what social, political, or economic changes of the time prompted the style of art to shift?

Focus in on the life of one or two artists, or a single piece of art; almost every painting is imbued with references to the social or political climate of the time. Symbolism in Donatello’s David could go a variety of ways, from the resurgence of Classic (read: Greek and Roman) sculpture, to the political importance of Florence, to the theorized homosexuality of the sculpture’s patron, a Medici patriarch — and since the sculpture represents David from the Bible, there is plenty of Biblical symbolism to draw on as well. This example should show that any art piece has many facets, so feel free to explore and find one you like! (#75-80)

Look at modern art movements and tie them to the social and political upheavals of the time — or, instead, focus on the ‘art for art’s sake’ arguments of many modern artists. Your research paper could focus on the uncommon materiel used in many art pieces, or the political statements of those art pieces, or the technique of the artist. The world is your canvas.

Modern Allusions to the Ancients: Influence of da Vinci Today

Or any other artist — most modern people might not know Caravaggio’s name, but artists know his tenebrous style.

2. Cultural Research Paper Topics

  • With English as the Lingua Franca, Is Learning Other Languages Necessary?
  • De-Segregation in Public Schools: Did it Work? or, Negative and Positive Effects
  • Despacito: Causes of the Rise of Latin Pop in American Culture (#81-85)
  • Cultural Assimilation of (any group) into (any country)
    • What group do you know about, or what speaks to you?
    • Do research into your own family history!
  • Rise (or Fall) of the Power of Media
  • Role of Media in American Politics
  • Role of Social Media in Society — Changes and Shifts
  • Are Today’s Youth Struggling?(#86-90)

3. Education Research Paper Topics for Students

  • Does a High Stress Environment Improve Education?
  • Sleep Studies: Is it Necessary?
  • Did De-Segregation Actually Work?
  • Low-scoring States Versus High-scoring States; What Makes Some School Systems Work?
  • Affirmative Action in College: Causes and Effects
  • Teacher-to-Student Ratios; Which is Most Effective?
  • American versus European Public School Systems
  • Why Do International Students Take Gap Years?
  • Positive and Negative Effects of a Gap Year (#91-99)
  • Evolution of Teaching: Popular Methods over Time
  • Technology and Education: is a Computer the Best Teacher?
  • Pro tip: As a student in either high school or college, you know a lot about the education system — so use that! What bothers you about the current system? What would you change, and would the changes you implement likely work in the long run? Have your ideal changes been implemented in other countries? What were the effects?
  • Alternately, what do you value about your school? Do you feel prepared for college, or grad school, or life? What has your school system done well for you? (#100-101)

4. Law Research Paper Topics

  • What is the Role of the Legal System in Our Society? (A broad one — make sure to ask probing questions as you outline, and try to hone in on one or two aspects of the legal system)
  • Powers of the Judicial Branch; Is It Overstepping? There is constant debate as to how much power the Supreme Court Judges should have, as they are the only branch of government that is appointed rather than democratically elected. Do a little research and decide: how do you stand?
  • The Case Against (or For) Capital Punishment
  • Should the US Legalize Euthanasia?
  • Role of Private Prisons (And the Case For/Against Them)
  • Mass Incarceration: Causes and Cures
  • How are Drug Samples Analyzed? (And is it a fair system?)
  • Trial by Jury: Free of Bias?
  • The Right to a Lawyer Over Time (it didn’t used to be universal)
  • Equal Access in the American Courtroom
  • Development of Police Body Cameras and Changes Over Time
  • Role of Corporal Punishment in Modern Society (#102-112)

5. Literary Research Paper Topics

5. Literary Research Paper Topics

  • Symbolism in… Choose any (literary) book you like! To be safe, stick with classics and English-teacher-recognized literature; YA fiction isn’t suitable for a research paper. Be sure to research beyond the text itself, too; a good way to start is to analyze the historical period in which the book was written, or research the background of the author.
  • Nearly all books reflect the time they were written in. Some speak out against their times, and others changed their times. Hunchback of Notre Dame was published at a time when the city of Paris had plans to drastically alter Notre Dame Cathedral; the popularity of the novel caused those plans to be cancelled. Are there other books you know of that changed the course of history? Which ones?
  • Looking at time and context, dissect the racism/sexism/homophobia/ableism/etc. of any given book — or, dissect how an author treats a certain group well, despite the leanings of the time. Shakespeare’s Othello, Dickens’ Oliver Twist, and Bronte’s Wuthering Heights are all good examples of books with ethnic minority characters that have a lot to dissect (#113-117).

6. Medicine Research Paper Topics

  • Will CRISPR Create an Elite Class of People? (CRISPR = gene modification)
  • There Aren’t Enough Kidneys! Organ Donation in the US and Abroad
  • Healthcare for All?
  • Healthcare Models in… Look at how this system is being implemented abroad! Compare with the US, or compare with previous historical periods. Hint: this can be done with any modern system.
  • Does Paying for Blood Donations Exploit the Impoverished?
  • Do Med School Requirements Exploit Students?
  • Do Companies Have the Right to Raise Prices on Drugs? Why/Why Not?
  • Bloodletting and Leeches: Evolution of Medicine (#118-125)
  • Craniology and Other False Studies
  • Athletes and Opioids
  • What Drives Medical Research? Economic Trends Over Time
  • Obesity in America: Curable?
  • What Contributes to a ‘Blue Zone’?
  • Keto Diet, Paleo Diet; Modern Dietary Trends in Medical Context
  • Health Procedures Through the Ages (#126-132)

7. Political Science Research Paper Topics

  • The Electoral College: A Just System? This one will most likely hit the limelight once again in the upcoming presidential election.
  • Does Your Vote Really Count? Gerrymandering in the United States
  • The Case For (or Against) Electronic Voting Machines (This one could be easy to research, as different states have different policies)
  • They Can See You: Government Surveillance in 2020
  • Why Some States Hold More Sway in Nation-wide Elections
  • Career Politicians: Beneficial, Necessary, or a Parasite?
  • How Much Money Does it Take to Run a Campaign? (And Is That Fair?)
  • Politicized Ads: Do They Matter? Why/Why Not?
  • Voting Trends of the 2010’s (or 2000-2020)
  • Party Politics: Causes and Effects of Increasing Polarization
  • What Does it Take to Run for Office? Breakdown of Political Personas (could take a personal or economic approach, or both)
  • Religion in Politics; How Many Votes are Swayed by Belief?
  • What Role does Gender Play in Politics?
  • Political Correctness: What Is It, and What Effects Does It Have?
  • Rise of Female Politicians (look at the recent American congressional election — more women in office than ever before!)
  • Reaganism Today (again, could take a political standpoint, or an economic one, as Reagan’s politics and ‘Reagonomics’ have both had far-reaching effects)
  • After Watergate: Distrust in Modern Politics (#133-155)

8. World History Research Paper Prompts

Take one historical tidbit and tie it to greater cultural, social, or economic trends. Relate Rome to the United States. Relate Revolutionary France to Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution. Take the stories or myths you’ve always wanted to research, and find how they affected their communities then, or had long-lasting effects into the modern day.

Pursue your passions! Like Greek myths? Talk about how Achilles’ heel has become a reference that most people understand, relate the popularity of that myth to the trend of Western hegemony in the last century. Talk about Greek beauty standards. Tell the story of Hephaestus’ birth — the blacksmith god, born so ugly that his mother, Hera, threw him off Mount Olympus — and relate it to modern representations of ugliness, or strength, or disability.

  • How the Silk Road Brought Cultural Diffusion
  • Mongolian Empire and the Silk Road
  • How the Crusades Brought the Classics to Europe
  • Rise of the ‘Renaissance Man’
  • Cultural Importance of Florence in the Italian Renaissance
  • Peter and Catherine: How Russia Entered Modernity
  • Who Was Frederick II? (Of Prussia)
  • Reconquista and the Lasting Effects of the Moors in Spain
  • Caesar and the Spread of Empire
  • Role and Effects of Democracy in Athens
  • Culture, Politics, and the Role of Women in Ancient Sparta
  • Great Works of the Aztecs
  • Qipa: The Incan System of Records, Sans Writing
  • The Golden Age of the Abbasid Empire
  • The Alhambra and the Golden Age of Tolerance in Spain
  • Industrial Revolution: Why Did it Begin in England?
  • Smokestacks and Cities: Industry and the Environment
  • Impressionism as a Reaction to Industry
  • How Japan Emerged from Years of Isolationism
  • Do You Hear the People Sing? Aftermath of the French Revolution (#156-#175)

Key Takeaways on Writing a Good Research Paper

Key Takeaways on Writing a Good Research Paper

Key Takeaways on Writing a Good Research Paper

Phew! There you have it. If this isn’t the best list of research topics for school, we don’t know what is.

What these examples should show is that you can take any research paper topic, broad or narrow, and find new depths to it by looking at it from a new perspective, asking questions, or coupling it with other topics and issues of the day. This way, you can probe any general topic into one that fits your needs and provides you with a strong argument, which you can back up with evidence to form a rich, probing research paper of your own.

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