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  • 2. • Research questions are umbrella questions thataddress your topic and would use question wordsfrom ‘Suggested Words for Developing GoodQuestions’ processing level or applying level.•Research questions include KEY WORDS or KEYPHRASES that you can use to help you research yourtopic in a database or search engine.• Research questions are questions you DO NOTknow the answer to. You are doing the research togain new knowledge.
  • 3. • Research questions should be easily and fullyresearchable.• Research questions should not be too narrow, toobroad, or too challenging.• Research questions should deal with a topic or issuethat sparks your own thoughts and opinions.
  • 4. Topic: TelevisionResearch Question: Is there a link between hours oftelevision viewing and violent behavior in children aged 8-14?Topic: Well being of peopleResearch Question: Explain why friendship is important toa person’s well being.
  • 5. Too Narrow:Does France have a nationalized health care system?When did D-Day begin during WWII?• These questions have a “yes” or “no” answer or can beanswered by a one word answer.
  • 6. Too Broad:What is the history of baseball?• This question cannot be covered in the scope of a research paper.Too Challenging:Does McDonald’s or Burger King make a better burger?• This question calls for opinion, what does “better” mean? Andwould be hard to research.
  • 7. Sub-questions are narrower questions that help toanswer research questions and use question words fromthe gathering level of ‘Suggested Words for DevelopingGood Questions’.Example:Research Question:Explain why friendship is important to a person’s well being.Sub-questions:1. What are the traits of a good friendship?2. What character traits are important for a person’s well being?3. Describe each trait of a good friendship.
  • 8. "Developing a Research Question." Developing ResearchQuestions. Empire State College, 2012. Web. 21 Aug. 2012.<http://www.esc.edu/online-writing-center/resources/research/research-paper-steps/developing-questions/>.Developing Research Questions and Sub-Questions. Kent,WA: Kent School District, 2011. PPT.