Instructional content for ENC 1101 information literacy modules

Research Question

The Research Question



Now that you understand the importance of careful topic selection and choosing a manageable topic on a subject that really interests you, let's take a little time to specifically address the concept of the research question. 'What is a research question' you might ask? The research question is the end-result of linking observations with concepts that promote further inquiry (research). A good research question is surprisingly difficult to construct, and without a good one, you'll find that researching your topic will become a burdensome task. We have established already that we want to avoid that, so let's see what it takes to write a good one.


This module will explain the importance of careful thought in drafting a research question, and some tips and advice you can use in developing your own question.


Lesson Objectives

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the correct definition of a research question
  • Identify examples of both well-constructed and poorly-constructed research questions
  • Identify the formula used to develop well-written research questions
  • Apply the formula to your own topic to produce a well-written research question

jigsaw-puzzle-piece.jpgModule Activities

Please complete the following activities:

  1. Watch this brief tutorial below entitled "What is a Research Question?" (3:18)

  2. Complete this activity where you will identify examples of good and bad research questions
  3. Download and complete this worksheet on developing a research question

head_quiz.jpegModule Quiz

Complete the quiz for this module in your Canvas course. This quiz contains four multiple choice items. You will have 15 minutes to complete the quiz. You may take this quiz twice (highest score retained).