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)

Reference

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

Links to useful resources

https://sites.duke.edu/urgws/files/2014/02/Research-Questions_WS-handout.pdf

https://libraries.indiana.edu/sites/default/files/Develop_a_Research_Question.pdf

https://cirt.gcu.edu/research/developmentresources/tutorials/question

https://www.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/22782_Chapter_7.pdf

One Reply to “What makes a good research question?”

  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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