Research Paper Topics on Issues in American Society Peak in March

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Students delve into research paper topics on capital punishment, euthanasia, and other controversial social issues. eBook readership on these subjects peaked in March on Questia, the world's largest online library.

– This past March, the majority of ebook readers on Questia, the world’s largest online library of books, chose books on issues in American society such as music censorship, capital punishment, and euthanasia. Close to half of the books on the March 2004 Best Read eBooks list were focused on issues in American society. Readers on the Questia online of library of more than 48,000 books and 390,000 articles are primarily students using the Questia service for research paper topics; these undergraduates tend to select important issues in American society to research and write papers. To see the full list of best read ebooks for March, visit

Bleep! Censoring Rock and Rap Music, focusing on music censorship, was one of the top 35 best read ebooks in March. Punishment and the Death Penalty: The Current Debate, a book on capital punishment was another popular book. Voluntary Euthanasia and the Common Law , a hefty 603 page tome on the legal intricacies of euthanasia, also made the list.

Questia users can perform their own search of the more than 48,000 books and 390,000 articles or they can access over 5,000 research paper topics on the Questia website. Each of the 5,000 research paper topics features premier books and articles on the given topic with featured content hand-selected by academic librarians on the Questia staff. Research paper topics on censorship, capital punishment, and euthanasia are easily accessible through an alphabetized listing of the research paper topics or through the Questia search feature.

The over 5,000 research paper topics are diverse; including people (famous and obscure), historical periods, literature, issues in American society and society at large, and current events to highlight a few categories. A How to Write a Research Paper guide is also available on Questia.

To develop the Top 20 Best Read eBooks, the reading patterns of Questia users are aggregated and then ranked, with ranking based primarily on page views (each time one user looks at a page results in one “page view”) and the overall number of unique users who accessed that title. Secondarily, book length is factored in to correct for the fact that shorter books, even if read in their entirety, would have fewer page views. The March 2004 list and past lists can be accessed at The April 2004 list will be available online in early May.

The Questia service is a personal online library for its subscribers, offering unlimited, simultaneous access to complete titles regardless of how many other users are reading the same book, magazine, newspaper or journal article. Research tools help students and researchers organize, highlight, cite, and store their work on personalized bookshelves in the Questia library. A list of 5,000 research paper topics is included in the Questia library.

Questia Top 20 Best Read eBooks

March 2004

1.    The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. United States Government Printing Office, 1979.

2.    Islam and the West, by Bernard Lewis. Oxford University Press, 1993.

3.    The Oxford History of World Cinema, by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith. Oxford University Press, 1996.

4.    The New Terrorism: Fanaticism and the Arms of Mass Destruction, by William Laqueur. Oxford University Press, 1999.

5.    Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies, by Richard L. Davis. Praeger Publishers, 1998.

6.    The Works of William Shakespeare Gathered into One Volume, by A.H. Bullen and William Shakespeare. Oxford University Press, 1938.

7.    Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 1996.

8.    The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders, by Bryna Siegel. Oxford University Press, 1996.

9.    Punishment and the Death Penalty: The Current Debate, by Robert M. Baird and Stuart E. Rosenbaum. Prometheus Books, 1995.

10.    Leadership for the Twenty-First Century, by Joseph C. Rost. Praeger Publishers, 1993.

11.    A Rose for Emily, by William Faulkner and M. Thomas Inge. Charles E. Merrill Publishing, 1970.

12.    Causes and Consequences of World War II, by Robert A. Divine. Quadrangle Books, 1969.

13.    Culture and Customs of Japan, by Noriko Kamachi. Greenwood Press, 1999.

14.    Twentieth-Century Teen Culture by the Decades: A Reference Guide, by Lucy Rollin. Greenwood Press, 1999.

15.    Black Culture and the Harlem Renaissance, by Cary D. Wintz. Rice University Press, 1988.

16.    Values, Nature, and Culture in the American Corporation, by William C. Frederick. Oxford University Press, 1995.

17.    Schools, Violence, and Society, by Allan M. Hoffman. Praeger Publishers, 1996.

18.    A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments, by John R. Vile. Praeger Publishers, 1997.

19.    The Industrial Revolution, 1760-1830, by T.S. Ashton. Oxford University Press, 1997.

20.    Voluntary Euthanasia and the Common Law, by Margaret Otlowski. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Rankings reflect total page views and unique users on the Questia service for March 1 through March 31, 2004, statistically weighted to factor in book length.

About Questia

Founded in 1998, Questia Media, Inc., launched its revolutionary online library in January 2001, with powerful search and writing tools created specifically to help students do better research and write better papers. Questia provides unlimited access to the full content of an extensive collection of books and journal articles, as well as a wide range of tools, including highlighter, markup, automatic footnotes and bibliography builder. For millions of students and researchers, the Questia SM service enables them to efficiently research and compose papers at any time, from virtually every connected corner of the world. Based in Houston, Questia is delivering on the true promise of the Internet by providing access to a wealth of human knowledge.

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Helen Wilson        

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