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Developing a Research Question

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on 1 May 2013

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Developing a Can you take a look at the Ask questions that start with the 5Ws... Start with a general subject
then brainstorm... What are the specific... beliefs
assumptions issues
problems question or challenge? from a different perspective
or new approach? ? ? Take the issue & turn it around turn it upside down look at it from the outside in or the inside out look at a part of the whole or take a broader look Give it a Take a look at subjects facelift. new tired related to the subject that you could Research Question or Topic Use these ideas to come up with ONE QUESTION requiring ONE ANSWER demanding YOU MAKE A DECISION based on the information you gather. Who questions narrow your research
to individuals or groups from a particular... Online Resources: The Bedford Research Room: How to Develop a Research Question http://bit.ly/res1112

OWL at Purdue: Genre and the Research Paper

OWL at Purdue: Prewriting (Invention) General Questions

Rozakis, Laurie. Schaum's Quick Guide to Writing Great Research
Papers. n.p.: McGraw-Hill, 2007. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 7 Dec. 2012. http://bit.ly/res1113 age group
educational background
socio-economic group What questions provide background
or context by asking for definitions of concepts Why questions may require you to

based on the information draw conclusions you gather. Where questions narrow your research
to a geographical location. Is this a local or national issue? or place Can you narrow your focus to...
the workplace?
school or college?
home? When questions limit your research
to a particular time period. Or... you might look at trends
over time. Try starting questions with Should... Would... Could... what is or has been done Or... compare two
time periods If you don't know much about the subject,

do some preliminary research in

to get a working knowledge of the subject. first reference sources Do you know the basic 5Ws?
Can you talk about the subject
for a minute without repeating yourself? Find an angle that is interesting to YOU. How does this topic relate to past/present concerns in my life?
How does this subject relate to issues I have recently been studying or thinking about?
How might this subject be important to me in the future?
How can I use this subject to explore something that I want to know more about? Make Your Project Relevant by answering these questions: (Tensen 8) Keep in mind the scope of your assignment. How many pages are required?
How many sources? Make sure your research question can be answered in the number of pages required. Better a simple question that requires deep analysis
than a complex question receiving superficial coverage. Don't be overly ambitious. & Works Cited Badke, William. Research Strategies: Finding Your Way through the
Information Fog. 4th ed. Bloomington: iUniverse, 2011. Print.

Tensen, Bonnie L. Research Strategies for a Digital Age. 3rd ed. Boston:
Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010. Print. The Bad and the Ugly The Question That Isn't There
A research paper that doesn't actually address or answer
a specific research question. Your reader will wonder, "What is the point?"
The Fuzzy Question
There is a question, but it is too vague to answer. Replace these words and phrases with ones that are more specific.
The Multi-Part Question
A paper trying to address more than one question will be unfocused. Identify one question that requires a single conclusion.
The Open-Ended Question
A question that leads to many possible answers.
The Question That Will Not Fly
A question that sounds great but cannot be answered with available data. Research Questions That Won't Work: (Badke 34-35) Try the FC Library database Gale Virtual Reference Library
http://bit.ly/res1114 Who is affected or involved?
Who will care about this (your potential audience)? Click forward arrow to move through presentation
or click on slide & scroll to zoom in and out.
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