Select Research Questions
A research question is a precisely stated question that guides the review.
Steps to Developing a Research Question:
"Religious symbols/clothing and human rights"
"Somali pirates and international law"
What has been written on this area?
Are there any questions raised?
Are there areas that are unexplored?
Who is the audience?
Would this audience be interested in this question?
How and Why?
"How does the Charter protect the use of religious symbols?"
"Why has there been such difficulty prosecuting Somali pirates?"
Is your question clear?
Is your question focused?
Is your research question complex enough?
Where do you think your research will take you?
What kind of argument are you hoping to make/support?
What if your research disputes your planned argument?
Adapted From "How to Write a Research Question?" by George Mason University