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ENG1050 Introduction to College Writing (Arterian) Fall 2020

What is a Research Question?

A research question is a statement that defines what is to be studied. It is the core of the research project, study, or literature review. Your research question focuses the study, determines the methodology, and guides all stages of inquiry, analysis, and reporting.

Example:

Have social media sites led to an increase in bullying among young adults? 

Your research question should...

  • Be focused 
  • Identify the problem you're writing about
  • Establish significance 

Developing a Research Question (Northern Kentucky University)

Developing a Research Question (Indiana University)