Computers and technology are continually changing and developing. There is with stronger, faster, and better hardware and software available almost daily. Moreover, the future is wide open to new possibilities. As a result, one could write research papers about many computer-related topics, some at a basic level and others more complex and in-depth.


Computer history is among the easiest of research paper topics, especially because there is so much to document. These are great for elementary and middle school computer research projects. General computer history, Microsoft history, Apple history, IBM history, Windows history, Linux history and more could all suffice as history-related computer research-paper topics.

Operating Systems

Snow Leopard, Windows, Linux, Unix, and Ubuntu are all various computer operating systems, some well known and others not. One can compare operating systems, profile operating systems, highlight the advantages and disadvantages of operating systems, and even research how to install one operating system over another.


There are several elements to computer graphics. These include programs, video cards, and video ports, to name a few. One could research graphics development and the future of computer graphics, trends in computer graphics, or components of a video card.

Data Privacy and Security

Ever the hot topic, people want to keep their computers secure from malicious software and keep their data confidential. Students could research how viruses infect computers, how people hack computer systems, how to keep computers safe from online predators, or encryption technology. Even the government uses hackers to test its own defense technologies, which could also make an interesting research topic.


BIOS is the bit of information located on hardware chips that tells the computer how to function; it checks drives, cards, disks, and other hardware. Students could research the different BIOS manufacturers and development, ways to modify and use BIOS, and general BIOS functions.

Storage Space

Hard drives, flash drives, optical drives, and clouds are some of the ways to store digitized information. Trends and technologies regarding storage space are excellent research items, as well as technologies currently in development. Advantages and disadvantages of different storage media, as well as reasons for backup systems, data retrieval, and causes of storage media failure are all potential research points.