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"Your research topic choice can decide ahead of time the quality of your paper and what grade you get."






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Paper Research Topics Are Easy to Choose
by Brian B. Carter, MS, LAc

Brian is a medical professor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the founder of, and author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.

Brian Carter, acupuncturist, herbalist, and author Hey, how are ya? I'm Brian Carter.
In the last 3 years, I've written about 300 articles here on, many of which are research oriented. When you're writing, research topics are the first place to start. Below, I'll list a whole bunch of ideas for you. You may have specific guidelines from a teacher or editor, so I can't show you an exact example, but in the lefthand you can click to read some research paper articles I've written.

First I'll discuss choosing a good research topic, then I'll give you a list of sample topics, and finally, I'll list a bunch of links you can use to brainstorm your idea.

How Important is Your Paper's Research Topic?

Your research topic choice can decide ahead of time the quality of your paper and what grade you get. Why is that? Because your attitude towards the topic may well determine the amount of effort and enthusiasm you put into your research.

So, choose a topic:

  • you care about and that
  • challenges you.

You and Your Research Topic

Plus, your professor is going to be more impressed and like to give you an A if you stretch yourself and put yourself into the research paper. Think about it- beyond seeing that you can write and use resources and not plagiarize, your teacher wants to meet some part of you in the paper. They want to see you think. And the right choice your paper's research topic is the first key. But, this is not a license to just ramble on about what you think. Make sure that 95% of what you're doing in your paper is presenting the research on your topic.

How Narrow Should Your Paper's Research Topic Be?

Focus on a limited aspect, e.g. narrow it down from "Religion" to "World Religion" to "Buddhism" or even to "The Buddhist's experience of the Western World". Get your topic signed off on before you start your research.

And make sure they're really approving of your topic. I still resent the fact that my 11th grade English teacher agreed I could write my term research paper on the music group "Yes" but then gave me a B simply because of the topic choice! If you are uncertain what's expected of you, re-read your assignment sheet carefully or ASK your teacher.

Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot with Your Paper's Research Topic Choice

Select a subject you can manage. Avoid subjects that are too technical, learned, or specialized. You don't have time to learn a bunch of fundamental material so you can understand your sources. For example, you may be interested in the Human Genome as a research topic- but you can't get a cliff's notes version of biochemistry and genetics- so you'll have to stay this general ("The Human Genome Project")- you won't be able to go to a specialized level like "Genome Informatics and Computational Biology".

How do you know if your paper's research topic is too specific?

Just measure your frustration level. Well, learning to research your topic may make you stretch, but it shouldn't make you want to break the computer screen with a fire extinguisher. Of course, this isn't a valid test for those who already need help anger management.

Avoid research topics that have only a very narrow range of source materials.

You need a bunch of sources so you can make sure that all the experts agree, and that there's enough to write on. You also don't want to be tempted to plagiarize. Think about it this way- for every source, you're going to write about 5% of it - just skim the surface of each source - then put it all together in your mind and in your research paper as you present the sources.

Sample ideas for your paper: Research Topics that would work (if you're interested in them!)

  • Affirmative Action
  • Attack on America / Terrorism
  • Bioethical Issues
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Censorship
  • Death Penalty
  • Drug Issues
  • Presidential Elections and Impeachment
  • Gender Issues
  • Global Warming
  • Gun Control
  • Health Care Reform
  • Help for Term Paper Writers
  • Homeland Security, Open Government & the PATRIOT Act
  • Human Rights
  • Identity Theft
  • Internet Issues
  • Media Issues
  • Plagiarism
  • School Vouchers and School Choice
  • Space Shuttle Disasters

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