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Writing 10 (Lee, Spring 2023)

PIcking Your Topic IS Research

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries, 3:10

About Research Question

Topics vs. Research Questions


A research question is a question you ask yourself about a topic of interest. The research question provides focus for your investigation. 

For example, a general topic of interest may be the availability of affordable housing.

However, your research question may be "What policies are most effective in providing affordable housing to Californians? "

You will notice that your research question is more focused than your topic. This will provide you direction during your research process.

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