How can we turn our general topics into a research question?
Topics: Medical Concern, Respiratory problems, Air Pollution, Alberta
1. Brainstorm and write down whatever questions come into your head.
2. Think about these components of your research question.
3. Create your research question.
Use the promising phrases from your brainstorm questions.
Good: "Can the industrial pollution people living close to a refinery breathe cause respiratory disease?"
Better: "Do Albertans who live close to a refinery get more respiratory diseases?"
Best: "Do Albertans who are exposed to air pollution from oil refineries suffer from more respiratory diseases?"
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Make sure that the topic and final research question:
Do not worry if your question isn't perfect the first time. You will refine and edit your questions multiple times before you find the perfect fit for your research topic.
Your research question may end up having a "Yes" or "No" answer. The purpose of a research paper is to support your argument with evidence, and also explain why you are arguing against the other side of the argument.