As someone who grades upwards of a thousand essays per year, I will tell you this: after a while every paper on abortion or the death penalty starts to sound alike. It takes a lot for a paper on a hackneyed topic to rise above the monotony.
As John Tienery puts it, “One reason teachers secretly hate grading is the sheer drudgery and tedium. When you’re two-thirds of the way through 35 essays on why the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of McCulloch v. Maryland is important for an understanding of the development of American federalism, it takes a strong spirit not to want to poke your eyes out with a steak knife rather than read one more.” It’s no wonder some teachers resort to the Mr. D Method (see video at bottom of page).
On the other hand, if you can choose a topic that is fresh, it can help set your paper apart from the rest of the stack, which believe it or not, is probably a good thing. Grading a pile of essays can sometimes feel like panning for gold, and I often feel like shouting “Eureka!” when I find an essay with some original ideas.
So if you have a big paper coming up and have no idea what to write about or keep coming up with the same boring ideas as everyone else, EasyTopics.com may be just the site for you.
EasyTopics uses info from papers submitted at EasyBib (a free site that helps users build bibliographic citations for their research papers) to compile a huge list of ideas for your own research papers.
The site doesn’t offer full essays–which would be cheating–but merely an extensive list of ideas for things to write about broken down by subject area.
You may find just the right idea for your paper or maybe you’ll read about an idea that leads you to think of a related idea of your own.