Writing Tip #3: find a good research question

The right formulation of your research question is the key to success.

If your research question is too broad, you will never be able to answer it thoroughly, and you will be heading in for a disappointment. On the other hand, a too narrowly formulated question leads to a superficial and uninteresting piece.


Pay attention to the type of question you ask. Purely descriptive questions ("What / How is X?") are the least catchy and it may be unclear if the answer is sufficient. Try, for example, a comparison ("What are the differences and similarities between X and Y?"), an evaluation ("What are the advantages or disadvantages of X?"), or an explanation ("Why has X happened?").

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Last Modified: 30-03-2015