The APUS Library, in its Writing@APUS section, explores the traits of research questions (even though this is in the section for graduate students, it applies to the work you are doing in this course). The site looks at what a research question is and what it is not. It looks at strong and weak research questions and compares research questions and thesis statements. Take a few moments to review this information: Writing the Research Question.
Then, following the model below (including bold headings), compose and submit a set of 5 research questions for a topic in your field of study or major that really intrigues you. These research questions will guide you as you begin your research process. You will likely find that one research question stands out and that, ultimately, your thesis statement may provide answer(s) to that research question.
Remember that your final 2,000 word paper must include a minimum of 7 sources with at least 4 sources coming from peer-reviewed journals from the APUS library.
Field of Study or Major: General Studies
Five (5) Draft Research Questions:
Research Question Checklist:
Look at each question to see if it meets most of the criteria shown here. If it does not, please replace or revise it. Then write your revised questions below.
Does the question deal with something that really interests me?
Is it a topic I can research at the APUS Library?
Is the span of information I want to cover reasonable?
Is the question too broad, too narrow, or just right?
Is the question an open-ended question that invites inquiry?
Five (5) Revised Research Questions: