Research Question

How to formulate your RQ

Pick a topic that you are interested in

This is very important as you will spend a lot of time thinking about, researching and writing about your choice.

DO SOME PRELIMINARY RESEARCH

What information is available about your topic? Where can you find it? Is it relevant to your assignment?

ASK QUESTIONS!

Ask "Who?", "Why?", "What?", "When?" about your topic.

Think about the answers to these questions.

Avoid broad research questions such as "Why is global warming dangerous?"

Add some context to your question to narrow it down.

For example, you can add historical context by writing about when something happened.

Add biological context by writing about who an event affected.

Geographical context can be added by focusing your question on happenings in a specific place.

EVALUATE YOUR QUESTION

Is it clear? Is it specific enough (focused)? Can I answer it with more than a few simple sentences?

UNDERSTANDING

Make sure you understand your own research question. Can you explain it simply to other people?
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REFERENCES

Duke Thompson Writing Program. (n.d.). Retrieved September 14, 2014, from http://twp.duke.edu/writing-studio

KState Libraries. (2013, August 20). How to Develop a Good Research Topic. Retrieved September 14, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXNztCLYgxc

[Einstein]. (n.d.). Retrieved September 14, 2014, from http://masterthemedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Einstein.jpg



For further help with your research question contact your Teacher Librarian - maura.corcoran@dc.edu.hk