Thématique: Making a research plan
Essential steps for writing a research question
The art of finding your topic without going in circles
  • Define the scope and objectives of your work
  • Pinpoint your topic by answering: who, what, when, where, why, and how?
  • Write the research question
Put the research steps in order:
Review the objectives for the project and what you already know about the subject.
Clarify your topic by responding to the questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
Do complementary research to focus your topic.
Formulate the research question in one sentence.
How does Fred benefit from following these steps? (select all that apply)
He will save time for the rest of his work.
He will avoid getting off-topic.
He will get a good grade.
He will start to gather sources on his topic.
What adjectives describe a well-written research question? (select all that apply)
Easy to answer
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Just like Fred reflecting on a research method for his paper on Marxism, you have probably also had problems due to a lack of method.

To help yourself formulate a research question, start by identifying the objectives and the amount of work that needs to be done, based on the guidelines provided and the type of project.

Next, review what you already know about the subject. Ask yourself the right questions with the WWWWWH method (Who, What, When, Where, Why, How) and complete the information with the help of encyclopedias and/or dictionaries.

Finally, formulate a general one-sentence research question. You have now built the framework for your subject and what remains to be done is clear.