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Research 101: 4. Understanding Research Questions


One thing you can do with all the keywords you have found in the previous exercise is use them to focus your research.

Often students think their essay is simply about something: but in fact it must investigate their topic in a way that is coherent and creates new understandings about it.  To do this, researchers need to find an angle or way of approaching the topic that will guide their research and writing.  This is called developing a research question.

Watch the video below and read the slides provided.  Take notes as you are doing these things: they will help you complete the Worksheet below.

Picking Your Topic IS Research!

Worksheet Part 4

What are Research Questions?