Research Paper Topics

By definition a research paper requires the writer to learn a great deal about their subject, so it is always a good practice to select a topic that truly interests you before you begin gathering sources.  If you are interested in your topic, learning about it will be more pleasurable and you will write with greater passion, so choose your topic thoughtfully.  Use the following list of 101 research paper topics as a starting point for your paper.  As you begin learning and writing about your topic, you should revise or amend your research question or thesis statement to better match the information that you are interpreting, analyzing, and expressing.  Let your interest guide you.  If you’re not having fun learning and writing about your topic, perhaps you should pick one that interests you more.

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101 Research Paper Topics


  1. Why do we sleep?
  2. How do GPS systems work?
  3. Who was the first person to reach the North Pole?
  4. Did anybody ever escape Alcatraz?
  5. What was life like for a gladiator?
  6. What are the effects of prolonged steroid use on the human body?
  7. What happened during the Salem witch trials?
  8. Are there any effective means of repelling insects?
  9. How did trains and railroads change life in America?
  10. What may have occurred during the Roswell UFO incident of 1947?
  11. How is bulletproof clothing made?
  12. What Olympic events were practiced in ancient Greece?
  13. What are the major theories explaining the disappearance of the dinosaurs?
  14. How was the skateboard invented and how has it changed over the years?
  15. How did the long bow contribute to English military dominance?
  16. What caused the stock market crash of 2008?
  17. How did Cleopatra come to power in Egypt what did she do during her reign?
  18. How has airport security intensified since September 11th, 2001?
  19. What is life like inside of a beehive?
  20. Where did hip hop originate and who were its founders?
  21. What makes the platypus a unique and interesting mammal?
  22. How does tobacco use affect the human body?
  23. How do computer viruses spread and in what ways do they affect computers?
  24. What is daily life like for a Buddhist monk?
  25. What are the origins of the conflict in Darfur?
  26. How did gunpowder change warfare?
  27. In what ways do Wal-Mart stores affect local economies?
  28. How were cats and dogs domesticated and for what purposes?
  29. What do historians know about ninjas?
  30. How has the music industry been affected by the internet and digital downloading?
  31. What were the circumstances surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden?
  32. What was the women’s suffrage movement and how did it change America?
  33. What efforts are being taken to protect endangered wildlife?
  34. How much does the war on drugs cost Americans each year?
  35. How is text messaging affecting teen literacy?
  36. Are humans still evolving?
  37. What technologies are available to home owners to help them conserve energy?
  38. How have oil spills affected the planet and what steps are being taken to prevent them?
  39. What was the Magna Carta and how did it change England?
  40. What is the curse of the pharaohs?
  41. Why was Socrates executed?
  42. What nonlethal weapons are used by police to subdue rioters?
  43. How does the prison population in America compare to other nations?
  44. How did ancient sailors navigate the globe?
  45. Can gamblers ever acquire a statistical advantage over the house in casino games?
  46. What is alchemy and how has it been attempted?
  47. How are black holes formed?
  48. How was the assassination of Abraham Lincoln plotted and executed?
  49. Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?
  50. How do submarines work?
  51. Do lie detector tests accurately determine truthful statements?
  52. How did Cold War tension affect the US and the world?
  53. What happened to the lost settlers at Roanoke?
  54. How does a hybrid car save energy?
  55. What ingredients can be found inside of a hotdog?
  56. How did Julius Caesar affect Rome?
  57. What are some common sleep disorders and how are they treated?
  58. How did the Freedom Riders change society?
  59. How is internet censorship used in China and around the world?
  60. What was the code of the Bushido and how did it affect samurai warriors?
  61. What are the risks of artificial tanning or prolonged exposure to the sun?
  62. What programs are available to help war veterans get back into society?
  63. What steps are involved in creating a movie or television show?
  64. How have the film and music industries dealt with piracy?
  65. How did Joan of Arc change history?
  66. What responsibilities do secret service agents have?
  67. How does a shark hunt?
  68. What dangers and hardships did Lewis and Clark face when exploring the Midwest?
  69. Has the Patriot Act prevented or stopped terrorist acts in America?
  70. Do states that allow citizens to carry guns have higher or lower crime rates?
  71. How are the Great Depression and the Great Recession similar and different?
  72. What are the dangers of scuba diving and underwater exploration?
  73. How does the human brain store and retrieve memories?
  74. What was the Manhattan Project and what impact did it have on the world?
  75. How does stealth technology shield aircraft from radar?
  76. What causes tornados?
  77. Why did Marin Luther protest against the Catholic Church?
  78. How does a search engine work?
  79. What are the current capabilities and future goals of genetic engineers?
  80. How did the Roman Empire fall?
  81. What obstacles faced scientists in breaking the sound barrier?
  82. How did the black plague affect Europe?
  83. What happened to Amelia Earhart?
  84. What are the dangers and hazards of using nuclear power?
  85. How did Genghis Khan conquer Persia?
  86. What architectural marvels were found in Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire?
  87. From where does spam email come and can we stop it?
  88. How does night vision work?
  89. How did journalists influence US war efforts in Vietnam?
  90. What are the benefits and hazards of medical marijuana?
  91. What causes desert mirages and how do they affect wanderers?
  92. What was the cultural significance of the first moon landing?
  93. What are sinkholes and how are they formed?
  94. Have any psychics ever solved crimes or prevented them from occurring?
  95. Who is Vlad the Impaler and what is his connection to Count Dracula?
  96. What are the risks of climate change and global warming?
  97. What treatments are available to people infected with HIV and are they effective?
  98. Who was a greater inventor, Leonardo di Vinci or Thomas Edison?
  99. How are the Chinese and American economies similar and different?
  100. Why was communism unsuccessful in so many countries?
  101. In what ways do video games affect children and teenagers?

I hope this list will help you choose a topic for your research paper.  Remember that these ideas should be used as a starting point; you will have to make these topics your own during the writing and research process.  Don’t be afraid to alter and revise your thesis or research question to better match your interests or to align with your research.  Would you like to suggest a research paper topic?  Leave it in the comments below.

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  1. Selina Isabelle

     /  February 1, 2014

    Hi. My friend and I are greatly in need of topic for our research paper and we were wondering if the topic ‘gadgets and their effects to social life’ would be a good topic to propose? If it is, could you lend us a hand in narrowing it down to something more specific? Thankyou. :)

    • Wow.

      That’s a big and interesting topic.
      Maybe focus on a particular social network
      and its particular affect,

      like how instagram or snapchat change photo habits of young people.

      Best wishes!

  2. Jane

     /  February 3, 2014

    Can you help me do a research title about Hashtags on Social Networking Sites or about Cross-Cultural Relationship of Filipino and American? Thank you! :)

  3. Princess

     /  February 6, 2014

    Hi, i’m looking for a research topic related to Mathematics and finance. Any ideas? Thanks

    • Sure. Why don’t you explain the mathematics behind a financial product, like a derivative? Or, explain how futures work in the coffee industry.

  4. How about researching Pheidippides?

  5. A Fictitious Heroine

     /  February 21, 2014

    I am in 9th grade, and I was thinking about doing a research paper on ‘What is a black hole?’. Only I’m not sure I could talk about black holes for ten pages. I’m not very good at fluffing a paper, let alone 10. My average paper length is around 5 pages max.

  6. Kris Wolvenpads

     /  February 24, 2014

    Ummmm…. you misspelled Joan of Arc…. Arc is spelled with a C not a K

  7. Ewilli Meshack Azibanator

     /  March 20, 2014

    Could you please assist me get a research topic on either waste management, pest control and epidemics. Any of the three fields mentioned will be good for me. thanks.
    kind regards,
    Ewilli Meshack Azibanator.

    • I would be interested in researching societies
      that have developed interesting solutions to their
      waste problems.

      Surely, there are nations doing a better job than ours.

  8. Louna Peck

     /  March 30, 2014

    Hello, I’m looking for a topic related to music and/or medicine for a research paper due in May. Any ideas? Thanks!

    • Sorry, I know that I’m super late on this:

      How about the effects of music on the ill?
      Music as a medical treatment?

      Surely some rouge psychologists have delved into this.

      I recall hearing of experiments with classical music being
      played in prisons and such.

      This might be interesting to look into.
      Best wishes!

  9. Do you think how people get migraines would be a easy good research topic.

    • Well, it will be good if you are interested in it. Research papers are never easy if you are doing them correctly.

  10. on your 100 101 you did the ones with a L. I don’t know how you got L01 L00

    • They are not Ls. The numbers are in a column, and the 1 in 100 and 101 gets sort of pushed out of visibility. I will fix it one day.

  11. haley

     /  April 21, 2014

    hello everyone. for my english research paper she told us to write a paper on what we were most interested in doing after we graduate. which im trying to decide between criminal law and rN. what are some good topics for either?

    • I would attempt to combine the two topics and research what methods are in use or development to prevent nurses from abusing prescription narcotics. Kindest regards.

  12. Sailom

     /  April 22, 2014

    Hi, Thank you so much for this ! Wondering if this is a feasible research topic ? (also grammatically correction)

    1. “How successful entrepreneurs use Social Network System as a tool to benefit their businesses.

    2. “Possibility the Social Network as the next generation’s educational channel.

    The aim is to have ‘less than’ 200, but if it’s only a sentence is fine ? If there are more than one sentence in one research topic is also fine ? Sorry to ask many questions, but I really need help. Thank you !


    • Sorry that I’m late on this.
      Your topics are interesting and contemporary.

      I think as you begin researching you will refine
      your thesis to get it perfect.

      I am a bit confused by your second question,
      but I will attempt to answer what I think that you are asking:

      Research papers vary in length.
      Usually the teacher mandates a page range to which students must adhere.

      The research paper is guided by a thesis statement,
      in which you clearly state your purpose.

      It is possible to make this more than a sentence,
      but it is not really recommended.

      If you can’t keep it in a single sentence,
      it is an indicator that you are not really set on what
      you want to talk about.

      Rather, categorize your information into main points
      that will fit under the thesis,
      and attempt to develop each idea in its own paragraph(s).

      Best wishes!

  13. glecy

     /  April 24, 2014

    Hi, can you help me find a good research topic related to science for my graduate research study.

    • Hmm…
      How about new applications of quantum mechanics
      which can account for previously unexplained phenomena,
      like the physics of time?

  14. andriani

     /  April 24, 2014

    hi, I’m now doing research for my final year, but I don’t know what topic should I choose related to the business accounting and finance. Could you suggest any idea? thank you

    • I would research the efforts from large corporations,
      like Turbo Tax, that lobby to keep the tax code complicated.

      This seems to me to be interesting because it is so
      clearly against the interests of the public and such
      an obvious example of faults with our current political system.

  15. Renee

     /  April 24, 2014

    I can talk about anything that I want, but still having a hard time figuring it out.

  16. Penconteng

     /  April 27, 2014

    My teacher ask me to do mini proposal for the research. Can you suggest me any suitable topic for me? Psychology / psychiatrist. Something that fun and people love it.

  17. Need Help

     /  April 28, 2014

    Could you help me formulate a research project question about building a dream home?

    “dream home” is fairly broad but that’s my idea and I don’t know how to change it.

    • Hmm…
      I don’t know if it will help you,
      but I am more interested in the idea
      of the American Dream (including home ownership)
      and how this notion has changed in the new millennium.

      Otherwise, you might be interested in researching
      new developments in the construction of luxury homes.

      Different people will have different ideas
      as to what makes a “dream” construction:

      eco-friendliness, extravagance, etc.

  18. Sammu

     /  May 3, 2014

    Hi, I’m in grade 8 and I want to do a research report on something that has to do with fashion or design, I just don’t want it to be too girly, I also need it to be specific and something I can do a lot of research on, preferably using a lot of sites and books. Please reply as soon as possible! Thx!

  19. nomes

     /  May 7, 2014

    just wondering if you meant freedom writers not freedom riders

  20. remil

     /  May 9, 2014

    Hi, can you help me find a good research topic related to electrical or electrical construction for my graduate research study.
    i’m now doing project management works for a construction company.

    Thank you.

    • I would be interested to learn about mobile apps available to assist electricians or those doing electrical work (if any exist). Alternatively, how the electrical industry was affected by the Great Recession.

  21. AG

     /  May 11, 2014

    I wanted to do a research paper about Alzheimer’s disease. What can be a good topic?


  22. hello.. how are you?
    can you help me find a good topic in my research paper about popular music?

    i really don’t know how to choose a good topic,
    it is my first time to make a research paper. please help me,,

    thanks,, ! god bless,, :)

    • Hmm…

      Many interesting things are happening right now with music delivery and technology.

      If I were writing a paper on that O would focus on one of the following:

      How is the popularity of streaming affecting the music industry?

      Or, more broadly, how has digital music changed the music industry?

      Best wishes!

  23. Treven

     /  May 13, 2014

    i need a topic that will get me to 5 or more pages can you help me out?

  24. Blake Pathuis

     /  May 15, 2014

    I’m looking into a topic that relates to boxing being too dangerous for the athletes, or a bad influence on young people who watch the sport on TV. I’m struggling with ideas and just need a few to think about. Thanks in advance!

  25. Need help writing for attributes of a good research question concerning drug addiction and criminal behavior?

    • Hmm… Perhaps researching the recidivism rate for similar crimes when drug treatment or other alternatives to incarceration are used versus incarceration?

  26. Greetings,
    Kindly help me find a good research topic related to health for my undergraduate research study. For example, in a Mission Hospital, there are a lot of patients admitted and the majority of the patients come from outside the province. Also, a lot of caesarean sections conducted with some post operative wound infection cases observed and a good number of tuberculosis patients are as well admitted. However, the majority of members of staff are untrained ( Auxiliary Nurses and Daily Classified Employees )

    • I’m afraid that I have little to suggest. Your focus is a bit too specialized for my experience to provide much assistance. Perhaps you want to write a paper on modern sanitation practices in a medical setting?

  27. kate

     /  May 22, 2014

    Hi I was thinking of writing an imformative research paper on possibly feline leukemia.. do you think that is a good topic? (I am in school for a vet technician and my instructor said something we would want to learn more about with this paper)

    • Yeah, that sounds like a good one. I don’t know much about it, but it seems like a good starting point. As you read and research, your topic should narrow and fall into something more specific about this topic.

  28. Fabiana Stephenson Richard

     /  May 26, 2014

    Sir,i need 2 do do a research topic in physiology fr my 1st year medicine…. i need a topic dat s easier and helpful and tthat which cud be done in 2months and less expensive…
    We r n a dilemma f choosing a topic..under such categories ..pls help us!!

    • I’m sorry. I am not knowledgeable enough in physiology to suggest any interesting topics. I suggest that you contact one of your professors.

  29. Kirito

     /  May 26, 2014

    I am starting a research paper. I wanted to write about human perception or how everyone views the world differently. I’m having trouble narrowing the topic. I’m also wondering if this is even a topic or idea that can fill out 5 pages. could you help me find a starting point?

    • It could easily fill 5 pages.
      Your problem is that the topic is too broad.

      You need to limit it to a specific instance,
      and two specific people or groups of people.

      For example: How are social networking habits different between teenagers and elderly people?

  30. Fizza

     /  May 27, 2014

    I have to write a non-fiction book. what should i do it on?

  31. PhooiYee

     /  June 4, 2014

    Sir, I’m doing my research for my final year. I’m looking for a good topic that relates to event industry. I’ve no ideas .. :(

    • Yeah, that’s a tough one. I would examine some successful or notable events and try to identify the elements that made them successful: celebrity guests, extravagant festivities, guerrilla marketing campaigns, etc.

  32. Mehwish Jamil

     /  June 4, 2014

    What about the topic: “Deficiency of Vitamin-D” ?? Is it good to write paper ?

  33. pusp raj bhatt

     /  June 4, 2014

    Hi i would like to write research paper on physical chemistry.please give me topic.

  34. Jasmine

     /  June 6, 2014

    I want to write a research paper on law enforcement?
    I have no idea where to start, what my intro will talk about

    • Hmm… How about examining the paradox of America being considered “the land of the free” while having the highest incarceration levels in the world over the entire course of human history?

  35. Kylie Emerald

     /  June 12, 2014

    Hi could you help me with topics related to media and entrepreneurship? Please. :”)

    • Well, I’d probably be interested in looking at the recent multibillion dollar acquisition of Beats by Apple. What interests you?

  36. Samuel Atule

     /  June 14, 2014

    Kindly assist me chose a research topic on Mobile fleet maintenance management.


    • I’m sorry. This is too specialized for me. I cannot contribute to this topic. Perhaps think about what you like best about your topic or the thing that you find most interesting.

  37. Caroline Trevino

     /  June 19, 2014

    Hello Sir, hope you’re doing well. I’m a High School student and in a dire need of any topic in relevance to Biology for a research ASAP. Possibly a topic for questionnaire.

    I’ve been thinking to do one on Phobia, perhaps even something on cosmetic or hair, I’ve been suggested to make a working model of any human organ(The possibility of this rules out due to lack of time).

    I’m in a dilemma and perplexed on how to proceed further as this being my first time doing anything like this. I, of course want it to be creative and fun. I have to make some hypothesis for a questionnaire if I’m doing it on Phobia,cosmetic or hair.

    I’m open to any any suggestions. Thanks Heaps.


    • Hi. I think the topic of phobias is very interesting, but I fear it is more psychological than biological. If your teacher approves this topic, then perhaps you can focus on a specific phobia. As far as biology goes though, you might be more successful by focusing on hair. You might consider conducting a survey of students in your class about their hair texture / color vs. their parents and using this data in conjunction with the Punnett Square. Best wishes!

  38. xoxo

     /  June 24, 2014

    Hi can you please me I’m thinking a topic related to supply chain management but i dont know what area should I start. Thanks

  39. Grace

     /  June 25, 2014

    Hello. I’m amazed with all of your research ideas!
    I need help picking a topic…I’m in an interdisciplinary undergraduate program and I would like to do something that involves juvenile corrections and some business topic. I could come up with a topic on one or the other but I’m having difficulty coming up with a topic that combines both…
    Thank You so much for your help!!!

    • How about the school to prison pipeline, or how private companies profit from the juvenile justice system?

  40. Sajad

     /  June 30, 2014

    Hello everyone, i wanted to ask if choosing stress management as research topic would be a good idea or not ?

  41. hello sir.. we were about to have a research report on english.. .can you please give me some interesting topics?

    thank you

  42. Fel M

     /  August 8, 2014

    Thanks, was very useful !

  43. joyce

     /  August 16, 2014

    hey, im thinking of doing a senior project about business management. i havent have a good one, i was hoping if you could help me out for the topic or the thesis statement.

    • I’m always interested in technology. I’d research ways in which the mobile market is affecting local or national business, perhaps researching a few example businesses. Best wishes!

  44. john

     /  August 18, 2014

    Can you suggest a topic that related to an english subject and where do I start?

  45. pride sibanda

     /  August 19, 2014

    Hie, lm doing my final year, lm interested in making a research on the reason behind poor service delivery by local authorities regardless of the revenue they local from the ratepayers.

    • Well, looks like you’ve got your topic figured out already. I’d just advise you against researching while you are so biased. Your biases may affect your ability. Perhaps begin by looking for research about problems with the delivery service in your area of interest.

      • West

         /  August 21, 2014

        I sent this earlier but got no reply
        Hello Sir,
        I opted for a dissertation topic relating to immigration and Biometrics but was discouraged by my supervisor because I may not get ready access to data as a result of confidentiality. please can you suggest interesting topic(s) under management? I am a IT systems manager and also an animal and environmental biologist. You just might be the miracle waiting to happen to me. Thank you in anticipation.

        • I like your immigration and biometrics topic. You don’t really need access to data to explore what methods are currently being used and how they’re being applied. Nonetheless, I’ll try to give you another one related to management and environmental biology: how about researching Sea World? You can examine changes to their training and management programs in response to the whale attacks and the flurry of negative media. Best wishes!

  46. Hanney

     /  August 25, 2014

    Hi :) can you please help me to broad my topic regarding on street graffiti: art or vandalism? Tnx and God bless

    • Interesting topic.
      You could research different approaches that city have taken to dealing with graffiti, say New York and Chicago. Then compare and contrast the effects of each approach. Maybe just starting researching graffiti, since you are interested in the topic, and see where the research takes you. After reading a few articles you should get an idea about the type of paper that you could write. Best wishes!

  47. Katrina

     /  August 26, 2014

    Hi! I have to wrtie a research paper adressing a social issue. I would like to write something about what public housing has become. I work in oublic housing and I see families that do not want to work, complain about “$50″ rent, don’t want to maintain a clean home etc… Can you help?

    • It sounds to me like you are bringing a lot of your experience / opinions to the topic. This might affect your research. I think that you are definitely interested in the topic and that’s a great place to start. Why don’t you start by researching and learning about public housing. Search some article databases. Read a few articles. You’ll find a relevant and interesting place to go with this. Just be careful not to force the research to prove your experience, like a square peg in a round hole. It is better to build from the research, not from your experience. You will find it easier to write the paper. Best wishes!

  48. clariise

     /  August 27, 2014

    Hi :)
    I’m looking for some topics in our research paper but I’m just new in this work . Can you help me find topics about education and society?
    please just any suggestions
    Its badly needed

    Thank you!

    • Hmm… You know what I think is pretty interesting? This notion of “unschooling.” It is controversial to say the least, but the topic sort of questions the notion of education as our society understands it. Best wishes!

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