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How to Write a Research Question?

Here are some tips to writing and using a research question to guide your paper.

  • Do a little research first.  Use the databases suggested to explore what resources exist out there.  Use them to help frame your question.
  • Remember your audience (in this case your professor). 
  • Brainstorm a bunch of different questions before you settle on one.
  • Evaluate potential questions in terms of feasibility and what resources exist to support your arguements. 
  • Evaluate potential questions for clarity, focus, and complexity.

Sample questions:

  • How does participation in sports affect high school students? 
  • What  types of physical or mental risks do participants in extreme sports face?

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