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Step 1- Write A Research Question

What is a research question?

A research question answers the question what do I want to know about this topic? A research question is a key component of your research paper as it frames the direction of exploration of a topic. An effective research question has the following characteristics:

  • Is an engaging question- this inquiry should interest you and your audience
  • Is clear and concise- someone reading this question can understand what you are trying to answer
  • Is not too broad or too narrow: The question is appropriate for the scope of the paper.
  • Is focused: The question identifies specific points to consider

For more guidance on writing a research topic, use these resources:
From George Mason University
From Empire State Colelge


Step 2: Identify subtopics and keywords

Articulate specific questions and condense your main ideas into important words

Break down your research question into subtopics. Develop questions that address specific points you want to explore in this paper. Identify the most important word or phrase for each sentence.


Step 3: Explore Resources

Search for books and articles


Search the Griswold Library catalog for print and electronic books.

Books + Articles 
Academic Search Complete with Ebooks 


National Newspapers Premier : Use this as primary source for newspaper coverage or for news analysis of a topic.

LexisNexis-: Search the news section for regional, national, and international newspapers.

Points of View Reference Center: Provides a topic overview plus in-depth articles on social issues.

PsycArticles: Use this database for articles a psychological examination of an issue.

Academic Search Complete: A general resoruces this database provides articles from academic journals, newspapers, and magazines. 

Proquest Research LibraryA general resoruces this database provides articlesfor articles from academic journals, newspapers, and magazines.

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