Writing a research paper even though may seem challenging is a substantial part of everyday student life. You are required to write at least one research paper in a semester for the majority of the subjects. Do not underestimate research projects, as they demand a huge effort and a lot of time from you. Nevertheless, do not let your research paper assignment give you anxiety and influence your overall studies. To minimize worries and inconsistencies while working on the research paper you must be sure in your research paper topic. There are times when you are assigned to the topic but more frequently, you will have to create a topic by yourself. The whole research should be built around or from the topic. In order to choose an interesting topic, which will demonstrate your best talents, you should keep reading.
How to select the best research paper topic?
When choosing your research paper topic, you need to make sure it is neither boring nor worn out. An interesting innovative topic will intrigue the readers and motivate them to read your whole research. But if you don’t know how to create a topic on your own, use help of writers in topic creation.There are some things to consider when selecting an appropriate topic:
THE FIELD OF YOUR INTEREST
There is no secret that you will not be able to write a good insightful research paper if you are not interested in the subject overall and in the topic in particular. If on the other hand the topic is linked to the field of your interest, you may consider yourself lucky. It would be easier to explore the theme and write about it. You may even find some additional resources on your computer or I cloud service for the topic, which excites you. If you enjoy science, you are sure to talk non-stop about it. The same goes for writing.
A TOPIC SHOULD BE DEFINITE
You need to be sure to understand everything clearly when you choose an essay topic. Do not hesitate to ask questions if there are some unclear points. The more you understand the simpler it is for you to write a successful research paper. If the indistinct issues are still at large, it is advisable to leave this topic be and simply select another one. You need to show the readers that you master of the topic and not a confused newbie who does not know what he or she is talking about.
BE PRECISE AND SPECIFIC
You need to understand completely that you are not writing a descriptive essay. A research paper is an accurate and thorough work, which is based on facts details. You cannot add watery text about anything into the paper. Your statement should be supported with examples or reference other profound research and academical works.
This advice may seem dull if you are working on historical paper. How innovative can you get discussing French revolution or Perl Harbor? However, an innovative approach can give you the edge among other students. A topic should address the matter from a different and surprising perspective. With a deep investigation, you may even find the unknown until now facts that can blow your readers’ minds. This approach will intrigue your readers and will make research paper stand out.
Below is a list of webpages to visit to get ideas for research paper topics in international and comparative law. Click on the blue links to go directly to those pages.
Another way to find interesting topics for a research paper is to: (1) take one of your own personal interests or a real life issue (neither of which has to even be an international law topic), and then (2) find its connection to international law. For example:
- Americans are debating whether convicted felons should be allowed to vote. To find the international law connection, go to an Internet search engine (such as Google or Yahoo!) and then type in the search terms “disenfranchisement + international law.” You will find existing treaties actually address the issue of criminal disenfranchisement.
- In recent years, major sports figures have been accused of or disciplined for taking performance-enhacing drugs such as certain kinds of steroids. When you type in the search terms “doping + international law,” you will find a UN treaty which deals with that very issue.
- Parents constantly debate the effectiveness of spanking their children as a disciplinary measure. When you type in the search terms “spanking + international law,” you will find examples of treaties which implicitly ban the use of corporal punishment of children. There is even an international legal movement to ban corporal punishment of children.
(a) Quick ideas:
- New York International Law Review: This publication is published by the New York State Bar Association, and it lists recent decisions by New York state courts that involve some aspect of international law. You’ll find this in the Periodicals section of the Law Library.
- International Law Practicum: Also published by the New York State Bar Association, this publication focuses on the practical aspects of practicing law in an international setting.
- International Legal Materials: This is the actual name of the monthly publication, and it’s located in the Periodicals section of the Law Library. Here, you will find recent international law decisions issued by a variety of courts and tribunals.
- International Human Rights Reports: This publication lists recent international human rights decisions. Back issues can be found in the stacks of the Mendik Law Library. (K3239 .I58)
- American Journal of International Law: This publication (which comes out four times a year) has a wide variety of international and comparative law stories. You’ll find this is the Periodicals section of the Mendik Law Library. The tables of contents of back issues are also online.
- World Trade Organization cases: This page provides a listing of recent cases decided by the World Trade Organization.
- North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Claims: This page has a listing of different parties who have submitted claims to a NAFTA dispute settlement panel.
- Judicial Monitor: This page has a listing of international judicial news from around the world.
- Library of Congress Global Legal Monitor: This page has a wide assortment of interesting international and comparative law stories from around the world.
- NYLS Guide to International Legal Research: Various listing of international law resources.
- The International Review: This is the only newsletter published by an ABA-accredited law school that reports on a wide variety of international and comparative law issues . . . all in plain English.
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