Ideas for research topics
Capital punishment as deterrent Legalization of marijuana
Community policing Lethal injection vs. electric chair
Crime statistic reporting Mandatory minimum sentencing
Cyber crime Plea bargaining
Death penalty Presumptive parole
Domestic violence Prison overcrowding
Fiber evidence Prostitution
For profit prisons Racial profiling
Forensic genealogy Rehabilitation in prison
Forensic geology Riots
Fraud Serial killers
Hate crime Three strikes you are out
Hate groups Undercover police
Identity theft Voting rights for felons
Illegal drug use Witness protection program
Choose a topic that interests you. Use the following questions to help generate topic ideas.
Write down any key words or concepts that may be of interest to you. These terms can be helpful in your searching and used to form a more focused research topic.
Read a general encyclopedia article on the top two or three topics you are considering.
Reading a broad summary enables you to get an overview of the topic and see how your idea relates to broader, narrower, and related issues. It also provides a great source for finding words commonly used to describe the topic. These keywords may be very useful to your later research.