What makes a good research question?

A good research question:

  • initiates an investigation and guides the researcher in developing a thesis
  • is engaging to both the researcher and audience
  • differs depending on whether the research is quantitative or qualitative
  • most importantly, follows the criteria for writing the question: is clear, focused, concise, complex and arguable (George Mason University, n.d., para. 1)


Gearge Mason University. (n.d.). How to write a research question. Retrieved from https://writingcenter.gmu.edu/guides/how-to-write-a-research-question

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  1. Good post Wendy. The criteria you’ve listed from George Mason U are key points – they help set the boundaries for the research and help guide the next steps

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