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From topic to research question
The goal is to identify the important aspects of your topic and to define your main question. The result should be a focused research question with clear sub questions, specific enough to answer and broad enough so that you will find enough information on it.
Main points to consider for your topic
- personal interest: do you find it interesting?
- new hypothesis, new insights, or new aspects related to other research
- do-able, achievable, considering the time limit (of the course/thesis)
- specific enough to answer, but;
- broad enough to find sufficient literature on the topic
- no yes or no question, not a simple answer to the overall research question
Frame your topic
Start asking yourself open-ended "how" and "w-questions" about your topic.
- Who is involved?
- What is your main topic/definition?
- When does it takes place?
- Where does it take place?
- Why is this important?
- How did it happen?
Developing a research question
Tutorial: developing a research question