Step Three: Brainstorming Research Questions



On Thursday morning, Professor Sage approves Val's focused topic. To Val's relief, the lesson is about forming a research question - the part she didn't understand before. As she takes out her notebook, she begins to relax just a little.

Professor Sage explains: "When you do research in your personal life, it's usually because there's a question you need to answer. For example, Which car is the best buy? Should I see a doctor?

"Researching for a college paper is the same way. Ask a question that you would like to know about the topic. Your research will help you answer the question."

A good research question is well-defined and open-ended. The following pages will describe these concepts in more detail.


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