What Makes a Good Research Question?

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After doing some online searching, I have discovered that a good research question is comprised of the following characteristics:

      • It should be clear and specific yet not too narrow or too broad.  The question needs to have a focus.
      • The question cannot be answered by a yes or no response but instead be answered through the research process.
      • The question should be a go between your existing knowledge and the problem you want to solve.
      • It should possess recognizable aspects of a theoretical framework.
      • It should be feasible to answer through research within a certain allotted time frame.

Other things to consider when creating a research question are to choose a topic of interest because of the amount of time spent  focused on the topic.  And consider a research question that is relevant to your field of study or how it could contribute to society.


Grant, C., and Osanloo, A. (2014). Understanding, selecting, and integrating a theoretical framework in dissertation research: Creating the blueprint for your ‘house’. Administrative Issues Journal: Connecting Education, Practice, and Research. DOI: 10.5929/2014.4.2.9

Monach University. (n.d.). Developing research questions. Monach University. https://www.monash.edu/rlo/research-writing-assignments/understanding-the-assignment/developing-research-questions

Royal Roads University. (n.d.). Thesis statements/Research questions/Problem statements. RRU Library. https://library.royalroads.ca/writing-centre/writing/structure/thesis-statements


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