Social Sciences

Start Your Free Trial

How can I write a research paper on the death penalty?  I need to write about fifteen pages How can I write a research paper on the death penalty?  I need to write about fifteen pages

Expert Answers info

litteacher8 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2008

write15,968 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Fifteen pages sounds like a lot, but it's not too bad if you have research. Since the Death Penalty is a controversial topic, one idea would be to research the positives and the negatives of the death penalty. Then you can choose a side. You'll end up with basically 3 5 page papers, which will seem less scary and more manageable.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

pohnpei397 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write35,413 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Social Sciences

There are so many aspects to the death penalty that you could write about.  To get to 15 pages, you should pick a few of these aspects and start researching them.  The link below has a large number of essays on various aspects of capital punishment.

Some issues you might address:

  • Is the death penalty administered fairly?  (Or can it be administered fairly?)  There are real issues about racial bias in the death penalty and about the possibility that people who cannot afford good lawyers are more likely to get the death penalty than those who can.
  • What sorts of justifications are there for the death penalty?
  • Which of these justifications can be supported with evidence?  A major example here would be the issue of whether the death penalty actually deters crime -- does it reduce the rate of homicide, for example.

I believe that you could get more than 15 pages out of these three questions.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial