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ENG 102 Research Topics: Research topics

Veterans & PTSD

Use a combination of terms to create your search string.

  • "post traumatic stress disorder" OR PTSD
  • veterans OR military
  • combat AND "psychological aspects"
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Clean Energy

Use a combination of terms to create your search string:

  • "clean energy"

 

  • "electric vehicles" OR "electric cars" OR "hybrid cars"
  • "hybrid electric"
  • (vehicles OR cars) AND ("fuel economy" OR "fuel consumption")
  • (vehicles OR cars) AND "fuel systems"
  • "alternative fuel vehicles"
  • "internal combustion engine" OR "fossil fuel vehicles"

 

  • "solar energy" OR "solar power"
  • "alternative power" OR "alternative fuel"
  • "wind power" OR "wind energy"

 

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Poverty, Homelessness, Food Insecurity

Use a combination of the following terms:

  • homeless OR homelessness
  • "homeless children"
  • "food insecurity"
  • poverty
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GMOs / Genetically Modified Organisms

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Child Labor / Sweatshops

Use a combination of the following terms:

  • "child labor" OR sweatshops
  • "children's rights"
  • "human rights"
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Freedom of the Press

Suggested keywords and search strings:

  • "freedom of the press"
  • "First Amendment"
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Bullying

Use a combination of terms to create your search string:

  • bullying
  • cyberbullying
  • "school violence"
  • bullying AND prevention
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Insecticides

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Safety features in automobiles

Use a combination of terms to create your search string:

  • "vehicle safety" AND history    [for history of vehicle safety]
  • "vehicle safety regulations"
  • "automobile safety"
  • "vehicle crash tests"
  • "auto safety ratings"
  • ("seat belts" OR seatbelts OR airbags)

Adoption Process in the U.S.

Potential keywords:

  • "adoption process" AND (children OR baby)
  • adoption AND laws
  • "birthfathers' rights"
  • birthmothers
  • "infant adoption"
  • "Safe Haven laws"
  • "decision making" AND (abortion OR adoption)

 

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Gun violence and morality

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Gun Control

Potential keywords

  • "gun control"
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Abortion

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Wilms' tumor

Wilms' tumor is a form of kidney cancer with which an unusually high number of Marine City area children appear to have been diagnosed.

Animal testing / Animal rights

Use a combination of terms to create your search string:

  • "animal experimentation"
  • "animal welfare"
  • "animal rights"
  • "moral and ethical aspects"

More terms:

  • "wild animals as pets"
  • "moral and ethical aspects"
  • "animal rights"
  • "animal welfare"
  • "exotic animals"
  • "nontraditional pets - laws"
  • "pet trade"
  • "pet owners - licensing"
  • "captive wild animals"

Even more terms:

  • "wild animals as pets"
  • "moral and ethical aspects"
  • "animal rights"
  • "animal welfare"
  • "exotic animals"
  • "nontraditional pets - laws"
  • "pet trade"
  • "pet owners - licensing"
  • "captive wild animals"
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Zoos

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Food Safety and Regulation

Use a combination of terms to create your search string:

  • "food safety"
  • "Food and Drug Administration" OR FDA
  • "food processing"
  • "foodborne illnesses"
  • "food contamination" OR "food contaminants"
  • "Centers for Disease Control" OR CDC

Also search specific bacteria or environmental contaminants, such as:

  • "e-coli" OR "escherichia coli"
  • salmonella
  • herbicides
  • insecticides

 Also search specific food items, such as:

  • "raw milk"
  • honey
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Combat correspondents

Use a combination of the following terms:

  • "combat correspondent" OR "combat correspondents"
  • (journalism OR journalists) AND war
  • "war correspondent" OR "war correspondents"

Legalization of Marijuana

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Dying with Dignity / Assisted Suicide

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Wiccan discrimination

Use a combination of terms to create your search string:

  • Wicca* AND discrimination
  • "freedom of religion"

Regulation & taxation of corporations

Use a combination of terms to create your search string:

  • "government regulation"
  • "government policy"
  • regulation AND licensing
  • industrial laws and legislation
  • taxation

Search also individual industries, such as:

  • "electronic industries"
  • "dairy industry"
  • "petrochemical manuafacturing"
  • "petroleum products"

Infidelity

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Research Using Human Subjects

Guidelines for conducting research using human subjects

Suggested keywords to combine:

  • "human subjects" AND research AND ethic* AND apa
  • "human experimentation in psychology" AND ethic*
  • "human experimentation" AND ethic*
  • "codes of ethics" AND psychologists
  • "research ethics"

APA Human Research Protection website

Sexual abuse / Child sexual abuse

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Children of divorced parents

Use a combination of terms to create your search string.

  • "adult children of divorce"
  • "children of divorce"
  • children AND divorce
  • "child development" AND divorce
  • "interparental conflict"
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Single Parents

Use a combination of terms to create your search string.

  • "single mothers"
  • "single fathers"
  • "single parents"
  • father AND "child development"
  • mother AND "child development"

 

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Gay Marriage / Same sex relationship rights

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College athletes & pay to play

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Educational attainment by race / class / gender

Try using a combination of the following terms: "affirmative action" AND (college OR school OR education) "Grutter v Bollinger"

Value of a first year research paper

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College costs

Religion in Public Schools / Separation of Church and State

Potential keywords

  • religion AND "public schools"
  • "religion in the public schools"
  • "separation of church and state"
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Charter Schools

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Elementary Teachers Mentoring At Risk Students

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Helicopter parents / parenting

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Balance for parents - best friend or parent?

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College Admission Requirements

Suggested keywords:

  • ("university and college admissions" OR "college admissions") AND (SAT OR ACT)
  • "college admissions"
  • "university and college admissions"
  • "college applications"
  • "educational standards"
  • "standardized testing"
  • "admission requirements"
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Technology in education

Suggested keyword:

  • (laptops OR "cell phones" OR "smart phones" OR smartphones OR tablets) AND (education OR classroom)
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Special needs children in the classroom

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Native American Powwows

Suggested keywords:

  • (powwow OR powwows)
  • ("American Indian" OR "Native American" OR "Indians of  North America")
  • "Native American rites & ceremonies"
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Dementia and Cognitve Process

Keywords:

  • dementia AND "cognitive process"
  • "dysfunctional thoughts"
  • memory AND psychology
  • dementia OR Alzheimer's
  • recall AND memory
  • aging AND memory
  • "working memory"
  • memory AND retention
  • "memory retention"
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Memory

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NASCAR

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Competitive Gaming

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Pet Therapy / Animal Therapy

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Pet Therapy / Animal Therapy

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Vaping or e-cigarettes

Suggested keywords:

  • (vaping OR "e-cigarettes" OR "electronic cigarettes") AND (teens OR teenagers OR "college students") AND (advertising OR marketing)
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Sexual assault

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Growing up in the LGBT community

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Social Media and family life, mental health

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Clean Energy

Use a combination of terms to create your search string:

  • "clean energy"

 

  • "electric vehicles" OR "electric cars" OR "hybrid cars"
  • "hybrid electric"
  • (vehicles OR cars) AND ("fuel economy" OR "fuel consumption")
  • (vehicles OR cars) AND "fuel systems"
  • "alternative fuel vehicles"
  • "internal combustion engine" OR "fossil fuel vehicles"

 

  • "solar energy" OR "solar power"
  • "alternative power" OR "alternative fuel"
  • "wind power" OR "wind energy"

 

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Sexual Abuse by the Clergy

Potential keywords / search strings:

  • "sexual assault" AND "Catholic Church"
  • "investigative reporting" OR "investigative reporters"
  • "journalistic responsibility"
  • journalism AND "social aspects"
  • "broadcast journalism"
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Vaccines

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Charlottesville, VA

Some keywords:

  • "domestic terrorism"
  • "violent extremism"
  • "Countering Violent Extremism"
  • "civil liberties"
  • "right to assembly" OR "freedom of assembly" OR "right to protest"
  • "hate speech"
  • "hate crimes"

 

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Motivation to do the right thing (not texting while driving, etc.)

Potential keywords

  • motivation
  • motivation AND "social aspects"
  • "good and evil" AND "psychological aspects"
  • cooperation
  • motivation AND reward*
  • "delayed gratification"
  • motivation AND "risk taking"
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Communication Ethics

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Body Image

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Gluten free diet

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Obesity / Fast food

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Drug / Alcohol Abuse and Opioids

Use a combination of terms to create your search string.

  • "substance abuse"
  • "drug abuse"
  • alcoholism
  • codeine OR methadone OR fentanyl
  • heroin OR opioid* OR oxycodone
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Income inequity

Potential keywords

  • "Title IX"
  • "women's rights"
  • "income inequity"
  • "equal pay for women"
  • "pay inequity"
  • "pay equity"
  • "pay inequality"
  • "income inequality"
  • "equal pay"
  • "social inequality"
  • "gender pay gap"
  • "sex discrimination in employment"
  • sexism
  • "sexual harassment"
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Sexual assault / Rape

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Paternity Leave

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Parenting Styles

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Exercise / Running and Mental Health

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Distance running

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Diet and mood

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Influence of Fiction / Literature on Youth/humanity