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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 tornadoes?
  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. Mike

     /  April 16, 2016

    Hi, I am now taking composition two in my university in Japan and working on research paper. But, it is quite hard to choose the topic. Can you give me some advice, please….

    • Well, Mike, what interests you? Writing a research paper requires a lot of reading and writing, and it’s a lot easier to do that if you are highly interested in your topic; however, I cannot tell you what interests you. Only you can do that. Find a topic that you love. Gather books and articles about it. Read them. Learn about your topic. Then begin writing. Best wishes!

  2. jelyn

     /  April 3, 2016

    Hi. Can you cite some research papers about grammar?

    Thank you.

  3. Allison McEnturff

     /  April 3, 2016

    Mr. Morton thank you for creating this website. It helped me find and pick a topic for my research paper.

  4. Candice

     /  April 3, 2016

    Hi Mr. Morton
    Final year Education student at the University of the Western Cape, SA.
    I have an assignment that is due in May 2016. I have to do a research proposal and i have no clue where to begin. Luckily, I have one “topic” that i find interesting but do not know how to put it as a research question.
    topic –
    * the use of alcohol during pregnancy
    *effects it has on the baby with regards to their physical and cognitive development.

    What do you think?????

  5. Mareni Judith

     /  April 2, 2016

    I am studying for a degree on Office Management. Can you help me choose a topic for my research.

    thank you

  6. Kyra

     /  March 31, 2016

    Hi question 101 is a very interesting question i think my topic might be on that, but right now its on flooding

  7. makarakhim

     /  March 31, 2016

    I am Makakar. Also, all are excellent topics. Could you please send me the topic which related to teaching?

  8. Anna

     /  March 23, 2016

    Hi, your given topics are much interesting and helpful i liked and can i have an interesting research topic about biotechnology ?

    • Oh, I wish I know something about biotechnology, but other than how it is depicted in the movies, I am hopelessly ignorant on the subject. My apologies and best wishes!

  9. Gift Banda

     /  March 21, 2016

    Hi , may you please help me with topics that i can propose. Am studying project, planning & management.

    Thanks in advance.

    Gift Banda

  10. Rama

     /  March 20, 2016

    Hello, evryone I’m a student at unversity the last year for me and I’m oblige to work on a topic for research paper but i’m lost and i want a literary topic plz someone help me

  11. Faith Dagodog

     /  March 13, 2016

    Its all about my course. Mechanical Engineering. Is “the muyang grinding machine” is a nice topic?

  12. Siya

     /  March 12, 2016

    Hello. I am a highschool student and my teacher asked me to research and make an assignment on any topic. But i am confused on how do i select a topic which is not vast and easily available. I am interested in art and design but i don’t know what to do further.

    • Art and design is much too broad. You have to pick a particular element of art or design on which to focus. I mean, imagine that you’re at the library. You need to find focused articles to read so that you can become an expert on your subject. That is the goal here: for you to gain expertise on your subject. So, how can you become an expert on art and design from a trip to the library? You can’t. There’s too much there. However, you could research a particular piece of art or design, and learn enough about it to gain expertise. Then you can write a paper and speak knowledgeably about your topic. So, what about art or design interests you? Keep digging. Find something that you want to read about.

  13. David Saidi

     /  March 11, 2016

    hi am a student taking business administration and was asked to do a research on any topic in business, please help me get a good topic coz am stranded. thanks

  14. Priyanka Adhikary

     /  March 10, 2016

    Hi Mr. Morton how are you? I am Priyanka and I am 26. I am planning for abroad studies in Japan which is scholarship basis. But firstly I have to submit the research paper. And I do not have any idea how to research. I have done graduation English literature and also done three years diploma course in Japanese language so, I can not decide which topic I should choose. As have interest reading books of Swami Vivekananda and also have interest in psychology. Should I take something related to that? and I do not want to research on literature. Please suggest me.

  15. TRESHY

     /  March 9, 2016

    hi. mr. morton can you help me ? how to start a research paper ? can you give me some ideas ? pleaase .

  16. TRESHY

     /  March 9, 2016

    All your topics are nice but i just want to add this topic up.. maybe it could help others 🙂

    the topic is about ” TEENAGE EARLY PREGNANCY ”


  17. Mayline

     /  March 8, 2016

    Hi can u help me find a topic research on developmental problems of any given enterprise in the Pacific

    • I’m sorry. Your range of topics requires local knowledge that I do not possess. Best wishes with your search.

  18. Lyza

     /  March 8, 2016

    Hi Mr. Morton can you give me a 5 topics with an 5 statement of the problem each? Thank you for the response 🙂

  19. anonymous

     /  March 2, 2016

    can you help me narrow down the topic of videogames please?

  20. Sintayehu

     /  March 1, 2016

    Please tell me research questions related to health in developing countries.

  21. JaydenDavid

     /  February 29, 2016

    our instrutions from our teacher is
    Research a topic of your choice
    Step 1: Find an experiment/investigation/piece of research that interests you
    Step 2: Research and find out what they did? How? Why?
    Step 3: Think about what they found out. How could it benefit you? Science? Society? The Planet?

    What aare some ideas we could do?

  22. Hannah M.

     /  February 29, 2016

    How people know what dinasours look like.

  23. Hannah M.

     /  February 29, 2016

    I suggest why people built treehouses.

  24. BIBIAN

     /  February 27, 2016

    Pls sir, can i get a topic on Nutrition and Dietetics

  25. Deeyaa Salem

     /  February 8, 2016

    Hi I want to find out about the experiment and treatments in asylums

    • That’s a great topic. Very interesting. Another topic of interest might be the role of prisons and jails as defacto mental health services providers in America. Best wishes!

  26. usha parmar

     /  February 6, 2016

    can you please suggest the topi for project work on export import subject

  27. Princess

     /  February 4, 2016

    Hi. Mr.Morton can you give me a topic about Political science please thank you

    • Sure, I would research how “big data” has changed campaign strategies. I would try to do this by comparing two political campaigns, say Obama’s from 2012, with one from like 20 to 40 years earlier. Best wishes!

  28. komal grewal

     /  February 3, 2016

    Thanku so much sir. I really appreciate ur suggstion which makes well in writing. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  29. lior&odaya

     /  February 2, 2016

    hi ,can you pleas give me a topic about holidays

  30. aniki

     /  January 18, 2016

    hi. can you please give me a topic about computers.thank you.

  31. rasheed

     /  January 17, 2016

    plz i want four different research proposal topic in maritime sector

  32. Zyle

     /  January 17, 2016

    Hello Mr. Morton, am Jr high school student. Can you help me find what’s best 4 titles about a broken family children topic? It’s quit difficult for me ’cause it’s my first time to make a reserch paper. Pls help me, I need your reply asap. Thank you so much Mr. Morton.

    • sara

       /  March 1, 2016

      roles disfunction families take. effects of abuse in home. How to break the cycle.

  33. Vanessa

     /  January 15, 2016

    I need help trying to figure out what to write about, i have to fill out 100 index cards full of research then write a 4 page essay. Help please and thank you!

  34. Kegya

     /  January 14, 2016

    I am an undergraduate student offering BA. Fine Arts. I have couple of topics that I have intended to research on. I would like you to help me select the best of these, which is worth researchable:

    a) How the computer has enhance the production of artworks
    b) How digital painting assists in reproduction and multiples pf artworks.
    c) Why digital painting is recommended for large artworks commissions.
    d) Why digital painting as prints sells in the 21st Century
    e) How digital painting saves time.
    f) What digital painting has charged and discharged the artistic attitude towards on traditional painting.
    g) The adoption of digital technique and styles in painting
    h) Exploration of artistic media – (case study_ Digital Painting)

    Spec: BA. Painting
    Tech: Digital Painting

    • These are all very good topics. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what research is available because I am not an expert in that subject. Since your topics are all centered around digital painting, I’d start by researching that topic. Cast a wide net. As you find compelling research, you can narrow your focus. Best wishes!

    • Icyiss

       /  April 18, 2016

      can you help me with dean amdrose topic

  35. harlyn

     /  January 13, 2016

    good day mister morton, would you help me with my research paper? i can’t find the right title for it. my research paper is about teacher’s characteristics and how it affects the learning process of the students.
    e.g. if the teacher is strict what is the effect of it to students learning. does the students study because they like to or just because they don’t want to be scolded by his/her teacher.

    • Hmm… I see what you’re saying, but I’m not sure that I can word it any better. Maybe something like, “Composure in the Classroom: The Role of the Teacher’s Demeanor.” In any event, you should write your topic first and then come up with a title. It’s easier that way.

  36. Anne

     /  January 12, 2016

    Can you give me a topic related to students?

  37. Anne

     /  January 12, 2016

    Hi mr morton. Im 19 years old, and i am trying to find suitable topics to do research. What kind of topics do you is suitable for 19 years old student?

  38. CLAIRE

     /  January 11, 2016

    I have to write a science research paper and i do not like science. Is there a topic you can suggest that incorporates art and science?

  39. aruho apollo

     /  January 11, 2016

    I have liked this page .but i wanted to ask if u can create for me aresearch topic on mushroom farming .am in israel and studying at telhai college and am to write aresearch proposal about mushroom becoz its the farm am doing my interniship from .thank u .hoping to recieving feedback soon

    • That sounds very interesting. Unfortunately, I’m not in a very good position to help you develop a topic. You, believe it or not, are the best source of topics. You have to find something about the process that interests you. Something controversial. Perhaps a divergence in methods within your trade. Learn more about that and you’ll be ready to write your paper. Best wishes!

  40. Melody

     /  January 11, 2016

    Hi Mr. Morton, I am a highschool student and my teacher asked me to research something (any topic) and I need a cause and effect for it. Please help

  41. Geebs

     /  January 10, 2016

    Good day Sir. Morton 😀
    My research topic is about “The cause and effect of Global Warming and Climate Change in the Philippines.”
    My first topic was about the Freedom of Speech in the Philippines but i don’t have any reference books about it.
    Any comment about my topic.
    or suggestion. because i am planning to change my topic.? please suggest I need it so badly to pass this 2nd semester 😀 Thanks in advance Sir.

    • You have to go where the research takes you. Gather your sources and begin reading them. Keep your writing simple. Best wishes!

  42. harry

     /  January 9, 2016

    Can you pls help me break down the topic about music?

    • Music is much too broad of a topic. You will need to get very narrow. Perhaps focus on a particular artist or musical movement.

  43. Gigi Villania

     /  January 9, 2016

    Hi mr morton. whats a good engineering topic?

  44. confused

     /  January 9, 2016

    hi! i would like to ask your help..our group were assigned to make a research about plants. can you help me which topic to tackle because it’s so hard for us to find one. thatnk you by the way

  45. Frank

     /  January 7, 2016

    Hi Mr. Morton! I am majoring in Bsc Statistics and i need an interesting topic in the health field for my research work…..pls.
    Thank you

  46. kusal

     /  December 23, 2015

    Mr morton thank you for giving me encouragement to proceed with my dissertation regarding establishing a Army Bank. My question is, what are the literature review that i have to reffer to suffice the paper.


    • I have no idea. That’s what researching is all about. If you’re on the Internet, you’re pretty well-connected to a wealth of knowledge. Best wishes in your research.

  47. A student

     /  December 9, 2015

    I am doing a research report at a high school level. Is the following question correct to write a report on?

    Should all countries have the right to possess nuclear weapons?

  48. Blessie Joy Delima

     /  December 8, 2015

    Hello. I was about to write a research paper about Language proficiency but I dont know what my title is. Its quite hard for me to decide my title. Perks of being a first timer. Can you help e decide my title? Thankyou

  49. Mercedes Vives

     /  December 7, 2015

    Hi my topic is about counseling interventions for children with behavioral difficulties but I’m having trouble with the thesis. Any suggestions?

    • It sounds like you need to start writing. Your thesis may change over the course of your essay. I suggest that you write your paper and then change your thesis to reflect what you have written.


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