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Developing a Research Question: Start Brainstorming

Use this guide to develop a quality research question.


Developing a research question takes some time and skill.  Use this guide to move from a topic to a research question. Here is a suggested strategy.

1) Brainstorm & Explore Sources

2) Ask Questions

3) Recognize Quality Research Questions

4) Pre-Search


Use the video at the right to start brainstorming.  Then proceed to the 2nd tab to find more inspiration.


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Mapping Your Research Question

Use this video to start thinking about topics of interest.  You will be occasionally asked to stop the video to conduct your brainstorming. (UCLA Libraries, 2:52)