Developing a Research Question
Topic narrowing can help you write focused research questions.
What are you interested in researching for your project?
Type in your general topic.
Example: Sleep Deprivation
Ask yourself who is impacted by your topic.
What population? People, animals, the environment?
Consider gender, age, or profession.
Example: Teenagers Youth
Come up with two synonyms or related terms for who is impacted by your topic.
Example: Teenagers Minor
Example: Mental Health
What aspects of your topic are you interested in researching?
The causes? The effects or implications? The solutions?
Example: Mental Health Anxiety
Come up with two synonyms or related terms for the what aspects of your topic.
Example: Mental Health Depression
Ask yourself when?
Is this current? In the past? Related to a specific event? Looking to the future?
Example: Last 5 years
Ask yourself where?
Countries, regions, states, places (workplace, schools, virtually)?
Example: United States
Your Potential Search Terms:
Your focused research question:
Pull the elements together to create your research question or statement.
Example: How does sleep deprivation impact mental health of teenagers in the United States over the last 5 years?