When starting the research about what makes a good research questions, a list of common elements appears. According to “The Writing Center” (n.d.; this list includes:
- clear – provide enough details to engage your audience
- focused – keep the topic narrow enough as to avoid going off on a tangent
- concise – avoid “flowery” words
- complex – the answer tot he question requires more than a simple “yes” or “no” response
- arguable – the question is open for debate
In order to achieve all of the above, a research question should be on a topic that you are passionate about and are interested in hearing “the other side” of the argument. If the question centers around your field of interest, chances are you will be able to narrow the topic down to a dependable stance supported by specific details and statements.
The Writing Center (n.d) Retrieved from: https://writingcenter.gmu.edu/guides/how-to-write-a-research-question