|Formulating a research question provides
you with an anchor to work from as a way to further develop your ideas around
both subject and argument
|Look at the different elements involved in your
subject or issue. What are they? Are there at least two sides to this particular
line of questioning?
How does (the subject) effect/articulate/present/clarify/address/demonstrate the values/ethics/limits/consequesnces/tensions on _______________________ ?
How does (the topic) challenge previously conceived notions of understanding?
Why did (the topic) arise?
Why is (the topic) an issue or problem at all?
Why did (the topic) develop in the way that it did?
"Paying attention to the wording of your research question can sometimes help you avoid being too specific. Research questions beginning with 'How...' or 'Why...' [and sometimes 'What'] are usually broader and typically lead to more substantial research projects."(qtd. from Skyline College Library)