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POLIS 121: Introduction to Politics & International Studies

Creating a Research Question

How to get started:

  1. Before you create a research question, think about what is interesting about the topic (or what interests you), how your topic is relevant, and the significance of your topic.
  2. Complete background research. This is one instance in the research process where Wikipedia is very useful! Use general resources to get an understanding of your topic.
    • Think about what you already know and what are your knowledge gaps?
    • What can you explore?
  3. How broad or narrow is your question? Can it even be answered? Hint: It should not be a simple yes or no answer. Think about how or why. A great way to frame your research question is to ask yourself, "So what?" Why should you or other researchers care about your research question?​

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