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Research Fundamentals: 2. Develop Your Research Question

Proceed through each tab in this guide and learn how to become more efficient and skilled at library research.

From Narrowed Topic To Research Question

Now that you have narrowed your topic, you need to shape it into a research question!  

Research questions often begin with who, what, where, when, why, how, could, or should


Good research questions are:

1.  Debatable: Your question should not have a commonly agreed-upon answer,  be easily answered with a reference source, or be answerable with a simple yes or no. 

2.  Researchable: There needs to be adequate evidence available both in support of and opposed to your argument. 

3.  Focused: If entire books have been written on your question or if you are overwhelmed by the amount of information available, your question might be too broad. However, if you are having trouble finding information, your question might be too narrow. 

Watch this brief video from Laurier Library to learn how to turn a narrowed topic into a research question. 

Laurier Library. (2017, December 20).  Developing a research question [Video]. YouTube.