60 Good Research Topics With Examples and Ideas

Updated on December 15, 2018
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Jule Romans is a retired high school teacher with more than 25 years of experience helping students succeed in the classroom.

The  key to a successful  research paper is a good research topic
The key to a successful research paper is a good research topic | Source

Finding A Good Research Topic

Good research topics are broad enough to elicit good information, yet narrow enough to be manageable in a short paper. This list contains topics that are narrow enough to handle in a research paper, but broad enough so that you can locate excellent information.

A Good List of Research Topics

This is more than a list of general subjects. This is a list of good research topics that make writing a paper easy and quick. Each research topic is specific, manageable, and easily divided into sections. This makes these topics much more valuable.

Research Topics and Ideas

Many of these topics will work for multiple subjects in many different classes. Some may work better as high school research paper topics, while others will make good research paper topics for college students. These topics are not recommended for middle school students.

It may be useful to look at topics that don’t seem, on the surface, to match your assignment. Often, one topic can be adjusted or altered slightly to fit with another angle.

Need a good research topic? Try these ideas.

30 Good Research Topics for Current Issues

  1. Abortion Dilemmas Faced by Adults
  2. Government Subsidies for Agriculture: Pro and Con
  3. Adopted Children: Issues Faced as Adults
  4. Discovery of Pluto by Astrologists
  5. Affirmative Action and College Admission Policies
  6. Ethical Practices in Clothing Manufacture
  7. African American Vernacular English (Ebonics) in Elementary Schools
  8. Animal Management for Sustainable Living
  9. Biased Media Practices in Television Reporting
  10. Chemically Altered Products in Specialty Markets
  11. Body Art as Personal Expression
  12. Civil Rights Struggles of the 21st Century
  13. Cost Analysis of Prescription Drugs
  14. Disaster Relief Actions Following Earthquakes
  15. Distribution of Condoms to Students in Urban Schools
  16. Emotional Aspects of Cocaine Addiction
  17. Growing Up in a Minority Culture: Confidence and Confusion
  18. Identity Theft: Three Most Common Sources
  19. Impact of Assisted Suicide on The Medical Community in the 1980s
  20. Individuality versus Conformity for Young Adults in College Settings
  21. Physical Effects of Bulimia
  22. Power of Women in the Media
  23. Punishment and Prosecution of Hate Crimes in Alabama
  24. Reform of Social Security Programs: Supplemental Security Income
  25. Rural Poverty for Non-Agricultural Families
  26. Recreational Marijuana’s Effect on the Economy
  27. Effective Use of The Insanity Defense for Crimes Other Than Murder
  28. Urban Farming within City Limits
  29. Variations in the Legal Drinking Age Among States: Effects and Causes
  30. A Post-Privacy World: What Does it Mean?

Good research topics are everywhere.
Good research topics are everywhere. | Source

You can adapt a research topic to almost any assignment

Create Good Research Topics from Examples

What if you can’t find a good topic on the list?

As you look at the list of topics, you may consider changing one or more of the key words within the topic. Changing one or more keywords can change the whole angle of a topic, making it more in line with your subject or assignment.

Here’s an example:

Affirmative Action and College Admission Policies

might be changed to:

Academic Scholarships and College Admission Policies

Another variation of the same topic idea could be:

Affirmative Action and Workplace Diversity Programs

Alter this topic to suit almost any assignment by changing keywords and keeping the structure.

You can continue to substitute keywords until you find a topic that suits you.

Good research topics are manageable and flexible
Good research topics are manageable and flexible | Source

20 Good Research Topics in the Humanities

  1. Arthurian Legend In 19th Century Paintings
  2. Definitions and Examples of Nocturnes in Musical Compositions
  3. Science Fiction Versus Science Fantasy: Comparisons and Contrasts
  4. Folklore and Fairy Tales of France
  5. Historical Architecture of Germany
  6. Theatre Styles of Ancient Rome
  7. The Decorative and Practical Functions of Egyptian Ceramics
  8. Archetypes in Heroic Literature
  9. Obscure Religions of Spain
  10. Sculptures Representing the Ideal Human Form
  11. Christianity in the Middle East
  12. Traditional Dances of Algeria
  13. Textile Arts as an Expression of Cultural Beliefs
  14. Protest Art: Posters, Paintings, and Murals
  15. The Harlem Renaissance in Theatre
  16. Regional Theatres and Summer Stock During the 1950s in the US
  17. Evolution of Women’s Shoes
  18. Design and Construction of Worship Houses
  19. Family Structure in the Inuit Culture
  20. The Function of Kivas in Worship and Social Life

How to Adapt a Research Topic Example

Let's say the topic example is:

Abortion Dilemmas Faced by Adults

Keep the overall structure of the topic example, but make significant changes in BOTH of the main ideas. Examples of adaptations for this topic might include:

Life-Stage Dilemmas Faced by Older Adults

Peer-Pressure Dilemmas Faced by Preteens in After School Hours

Good research topics can be adapted to suit almost any assignment.
Good research topics can be adapted to suit almost any assignment. | Source

10 Good Research Topics in Science

  1. The Classification of the Species: How it Started
  2. The Study of Constellations in Astronomy
  3. Biology of the Wetlands: Three Key Species
  4. Significant Advancements in Organic Chemistry
  5. The Evolution of Computer Science.
  6. Desert Ecology and Water Conservation
  7. Geologic Ages that Created Coal
  8. The Kepler and Hubble Telescopes
  9. Damage to the Ozone Layer: Why It Matters
  10. Structure and Actions of Tsunamis

Good Research Topic Starters

Chronology
Definition
Impact
Advances in...
The Key Characteristics of...
Benefits of...
The Evolution of...
What is...
Effects of...
Three Main Events in...
An Exploration of...
Limitations of...

How to Develop a Good Research Topic

Good Research Topics with Creative Ideas

Research Topic Examples and Creative Ideas

Choose one idea from each column. Create a phrase that combines those ideas. Use this to generate the beginnings of a research topic. Utilize a search engine to explore the phrase, and you may find a good research topic, even with the wildest combination of ideas.

Location
Person/Thing
Time Period
Italian
Explorers
17th Century
European
Painters
18th Century
French
Architecture
19th Century
Irish
Authors
20th Century
English
Dancers
21st Century
US/American
Sculpture
Ancient World
Spanish
Agriculture
Modern Times
Native American
Social Values
Renaissance
Canadian
Morality
Middle Ages
Middle Eastern
Fashion Trends
Dark Ages
African
Royalty
Colonial Period
Roman
Gods
Millenial Transition
Greek
Religious Figures
Golden Age
 
Scientific Adances
 

Granted, this is a wildly creative approach, and not all topics will work well together. But even the most unusual combinations can yield productive ideas. For example, take the crazy combination of:

Middle Eastern Fashion Trends in the Dark Ages

Place that text in a search engine, and you might be surprised. Several very interesting ideas present themselves.Many of them are perfectly realistic and appropriate for serious research papers.

Try it and see.

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