Composition I & 2 (ENG 101 & 102 - Kelly)

Developing a Research Question

A good research question is essential to guide your research paper, project, or thesis. It pinpoints exactly what you want to find out and gives your work a clear focus and purpose. All research questions should be:

  • Focused on a single problem or issue
  • Researchable using primary and/or secondary sources
  • Feasible to answer within the timeframe and practical constraints
  • Specific enough to answer thoroughly
  • Complex enough to develop the answer over the space of a paper or thesis
  • Relevant to your field of study and/or society more broadly

This information was borrowed from Follow the link for some excellent charts that will help you understand the purpose of a research question and determine whether your research question is ideal for your assignment.

Research 101

Use this quick Research 101 tutorial created by CSN Libraries to learn more about how to choose a research topic:

Asking Academic Questions

UNLV has also created a video to get you started developing a research topic: