10 Most Interesting Topics for a Research Paper

If you are writing a research paper without a pre-determined topic given to you by an instructor, then you have a limitless range of possibilities in front of you. These are just ten ideas for you to write your research paper, but ultimately, the choice for what you want to write about is yours and yours alone.

  • Abortion
  • Abortion always has and probably always will be one of the most controversial subjects in our nation. But ever since 1973, Americans are more divided than ever on the issue. Does a woman have a right to privacy? Does life begin at conception? When is a fetus viable? Chances are you’ll get some very heated debate out of your research paper as well.

  • President of the United States
  • We all know about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, FDR…choose a President people generally don’t know about and explore the effects that President had on our country. Chances are many people wouldn’t have even known that President was one of our Presidents.

  • Holocaust
  • The Holocaust was without a doubt one of the most tragic events in human history, and it is worth talking about. Two different but specific topics to explore in a research paper here would be the “why” and the “how” the Holocaust happened.

  • War on Terror
  • Is the “War on Terror” really a War on Terror? That’s what you’ll need to find out.

  • Animal Rights
  • We all have our favorite animal(s). What more can be said?

  • Education
  • You can talk about anything from bullies to curriculum to how schools should be run. How should funds be appropriated for school use? Should it be made easier for teachers to be fired?

  • Guns
  • Another hot topic to talk about. What is the true interpretation of the 2nd Amendment? What did our Founding Fathers mean when they wrote “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed?” Are all guns necessary for civilians? Do guns kill people, or do people kill people? Does gun control save people’s lives?

  • Dreams
  • Why do we dream? What are dreams? What scientific experiments have been done in the past?

  • Social Media
  • Talk about how social media has completely changed our lives in such a short period of time. Has it been for the better or for the worst?

  • Religion
  • The greatest and most fascinating of all debates. Can we prove that God does or doesn’t exist? Which belief do you want to focus on? What is the difference between the Western and Eastern side of thinking?