Developing a Question

Step 1. Consider Your Readers

Step 2. Select a Role

Step 3. Generate Questions

Step 4. Select a Question

Step 5. Refine by Narrowing

Step 6. Refine by Searching


How to Develop a Research Question

What Is a Research Question?

A research question is a way for you to approach a particular topic from your own point of view. Good research questions often begin with a general topic that is narrowed down to a specific question. This question then focuses your interest on a particular issue. Later, when you draft your research document, your research question will help you develop the thesis statement around which your document revolves.