After identifying your research topic the next step of any research assignment is turning your topic into a research question.
A research question guides and centers your research. It should be clear and focused and address the who, what, when, where, and why of your topic.
Ask yourself (when applicable):
Use the steps below to guide you in formulating your research question:
|1. Start with your topic. Example: women in politics|
|2. Focus your topic by asking the questions above: who, what, when, where, and why?|
|3. Think about what questions emerge that you could ask about your topic. Example: why are there more women politicians in some countries than others? Or, how does the media portray women politicians differently from men?|
|4. Narrow your question further by getting as specific as you can. Example: Why are there more women politicians in Sweden than the United States? Or, how do cable news networks portray women in U.S. politics differently from men?|
The following video will provide you with an in-depth overview on the importance of research questions and how to create one:
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