A research question is useful for guiding the rest of your research process, but it can change as you learn more about your topic. Start with a question you are curious about or a topic that your professor assigns to you. Think about what really interests you about that issue. Ask the following questions to help articulate your research question:
Now that you have thought about these questions, you should try to write out your research question and include as many of these details as possible.
Example: How is the relationship between the Catalan language and Catalan national identity visible in the Catalan independence movement?
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In this example, there are several answers to the questions above. The 'what' includes the Catalan language and national identity. The 'who' and 'where' are implied and include the Catalan people and Catalonia. The 'when,' 'why,' and 'how' are not explicitly stated in this question, but that's OK. You can infer some of the answers to those questions from the context of the question and from current news sources. You can also think about 'how' the scholars gathered information, and that will be useful to you when you evaluate the information you find (more on that in the Evaluate page).
You can get ideas for research projects from:
Click the link below for more information about the process of inquiry.