Forming a research question is the first step in the research process. Questions come from a need for information or a curiosity about something used to
A good research question
A good question clarifys what information is needed, where it can be found, and when to stop the search (when the question is answered).
A good research question is...
How will you know? Ask yourself these questions
Clear and focused
Are the main concepts clearly identified and stated?
Is it specific enough that the it can be researched thoroughly?
Searchable and answerable
Can the question be answered with the time and resources available?
Good research questions will have a certain level of complexity requires research and analysis; often include comparisons
Is it a problem or issue that needs to be solved? Will it provide a new perspective on a previously researched topic?
(If the answer is "No", then consider a different question).
Steps in forming a research question