Best Research Paper Topics

When you have a research paper coming due soon, it’s normal to feel some degree of anxiety or stress about having to write it. Research papers take a lot of work, because of their nature of needing a lot of research done. Finding sources, following your teacher’s requested format, and then bringing everything together with just the right words can be a huge challenge for a lot of students.

The topic is the most logical place to start writing your research paper. Because until you have the topic figured out, you can’t begin researching, outlining or writing. The topic influences everything else you need to do, and can completely change the angle and scope of your entire paper.

Below are a few ideas for really good research paper topics and how you might be able to argue your position on the topic:

  1. Should Airports Employ Embarrassing Body Scans and Pat-Downs to Ensure the Safety of Passengers, or could there be a Better Way?
  2. This topic could be focused on statistics about unhappy air passengers (unhappy both from the screening methodology as well as unhappy about suspicious persons passing through faulty screening). Talk about possible ideas for new screening methods and how they could be better than current ones.

  3. Should Athletes on College Teams be paid?
  4. Professional athletes are paid, so why not college athletes? Would this encourage more young people to become professional athletes? What about people with no athletic skill or ambition; would this look fair to them?

  5. Would Reforming Laws to Make Getting a Divorce Harder Lower the Divorce Rate?
  6. How would you reform them, if you were the decision maker? And would this encourage people to work through their problems better, or simply make victims of spousal abuse stuck in their marriages longer?

  7. Should the Government be the Deciding Authority on Censoring the Internet?
  8. Should there be any censoring of the internet, such as piracy or pornographic sites? How would the censoring be done so that innocent blogs would not be accidentally blocked? And who would make the decisions of what gets censored?

  9. How Do School Uniforms Affect Learning or School Performance in Children?

There are many schools in many countries with and without school uniforms. Talk about statistics of how uniforms equalize students and possibly lessen bullying. Do these effects let students focus better on their education? Or is individuality more important?