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History Seminar Research Paper Guide: Develop Research Questions

Research Questions

Develop Research Questions

Once you have selected an initial topic, the next step is to develop research questions. 
To begin:

  • Write down what you already know or don't know about the topic.
  • Using the information you wrote down, develop questions you'd like to answer when doing your research.
    • Use probing questions such as why? how? what if? should?
    • Avoid questions that can be answered with yes or no.
    • Keep so what? in mind. In other words, why is this topic and the research question important?