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Developing Research Question

Fast Five Guidelines for Developing a Research Question in 30 Minutes

Is developing a research question for your thesis or dissertation giving you nightmares?

I wish there was an easy way to research question development? You’re so lucky you met us today.

Below mentioned are five fast and fabulous

Guidelines to develop a research question

that you will be proud of.

  1. Keep The Readers In Mind: When selecting the theme of study or developing a research question, keep the readers in mind. Ask if the readers would be interested in the study topic. You can ask yourself the following questions to see if you are confident about the theme of the research that you have selected. Don’t be scared if the theme that you have chosen for your research is too broad and generic. We will be refining the theme later.
    1. What will my readers want to know about this theme?
    2. Will they be interested in this issue?
    3. How can I persuade them regarding this issue?
    4. Can I satisfactorily persuade them regarding this issue?

For example, if you are interested in conducting research on Hepatitis. Ask the above-mentioned questions and see if you can answer them satisfactorily.

  1. Generate Questions:
    The next step is to generate questions regarding the theme that you have selected. Compose as many questions as you can on the issue. Try and structure the queries so that they start with what, why, where, when and how?


What is hepatitis? How does it occur? How can it be cured? What is the difference between hepatitis A and B? What regions in the country are more affected by this disease?

  1. Select A Question: Now that you have listed down all the possible questions that you can conduct the research on, it is time to select or refine a question to specify your search.


The theme that you have decided to work on is: What is hepatitis and what regions of the country are more affected by this disease?

  1. Narrow The Search And Refine It: The question that we have composed above is satisfactory but it is not refined or specific enough to guide our research. The next step is to substitute all generic words and phrases in the question with specific ones. This way we are narrowing down the scope of research and giving it a more unique approach.

Example:  Earlier Question:

What is hepatitis and what regions of the country are more affected by this disease? New Question: What are the main differences between the Hepatitis A and B and how can we reduce the risk of these two diseases in the country?

  1. Search The Question On the Internet: The last step is to search the question on the internet. Put your question on any popular search engine and see how many results you get. If you get a lot of results, it means that your research theme has already been studied many times and that your study will have nothing new to contribute to your field. You will have to alter the question and introduce new variables in it.

Hence, follow these five easy and effective steps and make sure that you develop a research question in 30 minutes that you will be proud of.

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