Instruction Librarian. “Develop a Research Question That Works.” YouTube, YouTube, 15 Apr. 2013, www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aYA1ooRce8.
Consider the emerging questions from your initial research. You should now begin posing open-ended questions about your topic. These questions will usually be framed "how", "why", or "to what extent."
Evaluate the question. Once you have posed possible research questions you should evaluate them. This evaluation should be based on whether the question is clear, focused, and arguable.
Consider research outcomes. Once you have decided on a provisional research question you should start thinking about the direction your research might take. You could do this by:
The following table gives guidance on the difference between unclear and unfocused research questions and those that are appropriately clear and focused, lending themselves to in-depth research.
|Unclear, unfocused and unarguable research questions||Clear, focused, narrow research questions lending themselves to in-depth research|
|What was the impact of Ho Chi Minh’s allegiance to Lenin?||To what extent was nationalism the guiding factor in Ho Chi Minh’s adoption of Leninism in 1920?|
|What is the history of Chinese theatre?||How does the legacy of Mei Lan Fang contribute to modern Jingju?|
|How important is chlorophyll to plant life?||What is the effect of different concentrations of kinetin on leaves aging and the biosynthesis of chlorophyll?|
|How can the US government’s spending policy be reformed?||To what extent did the rising COE prices affect the demand for new and used cars by the consumer population and hence affect the revenue generated by the Singaporean economy for the period 2012–16?|