Writing your research question is often one of the trickiest parts of writing a research paper, and it is normal to go through several versions of your question before landing on one that is just right.
Here are some tips:
- Choose a topic you are genuinely interested in and curious about.
- Focus on something specific about your topic.
- Try out your research question with some initial research. Then refine or change your question as you learn more about your topic.
- Consider multiple perspectives and other viewpoints to narrow or broaden your topic.
Is your research question:
- Focused - Is your research question detailed, narrow, and specific?
- Try narrowing your topic to a specific population, location, or time period
- Feasible - Can your question be researched within the timeframe of the assignment and with the resources available to you?
- Try looking at USU's resources to see what can be researched within your timeframe.
- Complex - Does your question require analysis and synthesis? If the question can be answered with a yes or no, or possibly a number, then the question is not appropriately complex.
- Create a question that leaves room for debate and deliberation
Research Question Examples
|How can sexual health and LGBTQ+ services be improved?
||How can sexual health clinics in Utah develop their services and communications to be more LGBT-inclusive?
See How to Write a Research Question from George Mason University for more examples of effective research questions.