The specificity of a well-developed research question helps writers avoid the “all-about” paper and work toward supporting a specific, arguable thesis.
Steps to developing a research question: The unclear version of this question doesn’t specify which social networking sites or suggest what kind of harm the sites might be causing.
It also assumes that this “harm” is proven and/or accepted.
The clearer version specifies sites (My Space and Facebook), the type of potential harm (privacy issues), and who may be experiencing that harm (users).
Let’s now look in greater detail at how the research question is logically embedded into the Introduction to make it a powerful focal point and ignite the reader’s interest to the importance of your research: You should start by giving your reader a brief overview of knowledge or previous studies already performed in the context of your research topic.
The topic of one of my research papers was “investigating the value of diabetes as an independent predictor of death in people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).” So in the Introduction, I first presented the basic knowledge that diabetes is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and thus made the reader better understand our interest in this specific study population.
The focused version narrows down to a specific effect of global warming (glacial melting), a specific place (Antarctica), and a specific animal that is affected (penguins).
It also requires the writer to take a stance on which effect has the greatest impact on the affected animal.
But, when we are conducting academic research, this availability of information can quickly lead to information overload.grocery list designed to guide you through a huge “storehouse” of information.
This list will provide you a great place to get started with your research, and allow you to efficiently locate and retrieve the most relevant knowledge possible to support your thesis.