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Research Project Topic Ideas
Select a topic that:
• is interesting to you
• challenges your thinking
• lends itself to questions and discussion
• you can easily find information about
• is specific and narrowly defined
• has not been repeatedly written about
• fulfills the teacher's assignment well
The following is a list of sample topics and research ideas:
 
Current World Issue Topics:  Use the Global Issues in Context subscription database from the 214 Library Resources Page.
(Click the BROWSE ISSUES AND TOPICS tab at the top of the page)
Animals
Animal cruelty, Animal experimentation, Endangered species
Art
Funding for the arts, Manga, Music education importance
Cars
Automobile quality, safety, pollution, model comparison/contrast
Disasters
Airlineor train disasters, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tsunamis
Environment
Air pollution, Global warming, Light pollution, Marine pollution,
Noise pollution, Oil spills, Ozone
Ethics
Bioethics, Cloning
Family
Child abuse, Day care, Domestic violence, International adoption
Health and Fitness
Activity level of children, Benefits of natural foods, Childhood obesity,
Losing weight through increased metabolism
Law
Death Penalty, Immigration reform, Insanity plea,  Welfare reform
Law enforcement
Child sexual abuser lists, Gang violence, Racial profiling
Media
Media violence, Indecency on television
Medicine
Acupuncture for pain, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),
Diabetes epidemic
Military
Military culture, Military service, U.S. military in the world
Money and Economics
Bankruptcy reform, Corporate mergers, U.S. national debt
Motorcycles
History of motorcycles, Motorcycle clubs, Motorcycle companies and dealers
Music
A musician's influence, Mobile music playing, Music distribution issues, Music industry censorship, Music therapy, Music video use
Plants
Genetically engineered plants, Rainforests, Cultivated plants and flowers
Politics
American politicians, Media and politics, Political elections, Politics and society
Psychology
Body image, Depression in teenagers, Disruptive disorders, Gang psychology
Religion
Major religions, Freedom of religion, Religion and politics
Safety
Cell phone safety, Gun control, Stalking, Terrorism
School issues
Achievement testing, Distance (online) education, Private schools/vouchers, School violence, School uniforms, Social promotion in school, Zero-tolerance policies
Science
Fiber optics, Mimivirus, Toxic inheritance
Social issues
Crimes against humanity, Abortion, Euthanasia, Juvenile crime, Under-age drinking, Rape
Sports
Recruitment of college athletes, Salaries of professional athletes, Shoes for athletes
Technology
Identity theft, Privacy protection, Robotics
Travel
Air travel security, Safe travel, Space tourism
Video games
Online (wireless) gaming, Video games and motor coordination, Video games and sexual content, Video games and violent behavior