How to Develop a Research Question : A Research Guide by Mike Palmquist
Developing a Research Question
Before developing your research question, you need to have a topic as a starting point. For purposes of this demonstration, we'll follow the efforts of Megan O'Neil, a student writing a research project about the general topic of health care in the United States. Megan's audience for this assignment is her classmates and teacher. After exploring her topic, she's focused on diabetes, a disease that affects 17 million Americans.
To develop her research question about diabetes, Megan followed six general steps. This demonstration will show you how Megan worked through each step. In turn, you can use these steps to narrow your topic to a research question. The six steps are as follows:
To begin this demonstration, click on the Continue button.