How to formulate a good research question

Now that you are doing your own research, you need to formulate your own research question or questions to be answered. A good research question helps to:

  • guide the research process
  • construct a logical argument
  • write a literature review
  • plan thesis chapters
  • devise efficient search strategies

Background reading Top

Foss, S. K., & Waters, W. J. C. (2007). Developing your itinerary: the preproposal. In S. K. Foss & W. J. C. Waters (Eds.), Destination dissertation: a traveler's guide to a done dissertation (pp. 35-46). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

  • Study Smart Study Smart provides an introduction to researching and writing for a specific question or topic (such as an assignment).