It is now time to form a good research question that will guide your research and make your data collection focused and relevant to the problem at hand.The ‘so what’ test Your research needs to have a clear and recognizable purpose.
” However, you also do not want to make your question too narrow.
If you can answer it with , it is probably too simple.
Also, asking about demographic characteristics and basic statistics is usually too narrow as well.
For example, “What is the percentage of people who feel happy with their current life situation?
For example, how does the film represent high school cliques in a surprising or complex way? As we’ve just seen, a strong thesis statement crystallizes your paper's argument and, most importantly, . It goes beyond merely summarizing or describing to stake out an interpretation or position that’s not obvious, and others could challenge for good reasons.
How does the film reinforce stereotypes about high school groups and how does it undermine them? It’s also arguable in the literal sense that it can be , or supported through a thoughtful analysis of your sources.You know you have formed a great question when the ‘so what’ test is not difficult to pass and you feel your study will make an academic or practical contribution.That said, you should also answer a research question you too find interesting and exciting.Presumably you are working on a research topic that interests you.You have done a great deal of literature searching and reading (or alternatively, you have observed a practical problem) and you identified a gap in knowledge (also known as a “knowledge gap”).” will require only some basic descriptive statistics to answer and should, at best, be a component of a larger argument.Make it manageable Ensure that you can answer the question within your research timeframe and with the resources available to you. It might be tempting to put together a complex question that would require a large sample and elaborate methods to answer.Generally there is little point in working on something nobody but you finds interesting.Your research question should be able to answer a relevant problem in the field and fill a gap in available knowledge.Or why does the film challenge our expectations about romantic comedies by focusing on high school cliques? is a romantic comedy criticizing the divisiveness created by high school cliques. You’re starting to take a stance by arguing that the film identifies “divisiveness” as a problem and it, but your readers will want to know how this plays out and why it’s important. If your argument lacks evidence, readers will think your thesis statement is an opinion or belief as opposed to an argument. To get started, you might experiment with some of these “mad libs.” They’re thinking exercises that will help propel you toward an arguable thesis.If you can answer one of those questions (or others of your own), you’ll have a strong thesis. Right now, the thesis still sounds bland – not risky enough to be genuinely contentious. By examining __________________ [topic/approach], we can see _____________________[thesis—the claim that's surprising], which is important because ___________________________. Example: is merely entertaining, I believe its message is political.