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Political Science Scope and Methods (POL2070): Research Question

A research guide for Dr. Lindsey Lupo's Poltical Science Scope and Methods (POL2070) course.

How to Write a Research Question

Use the Formulating a Research Question Worksheet Google doc. Make a copy of the Google Doc and rename it.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sample Research Question

Step 1: Name Your Topic: I am trying to learn about (working on/studying). . .US promotion of democracy abroad

Step 2: Add an Indirect Question that indicates what you do not know or understand about your topic: 1. I am studying/working on US promotion of democracy abroad  Because I want to find out who/what/when/where/whether/why/how the US promotes democracy abroad. 

Step 3: Answer So What? By Motivating Your Question (does your question interest others by adding a second indirect question that explains why you asked your first question starting with in order to help my reader understand how, why, or whether): I am studying/working on US promotion of democracy abroad Because I want to find out who/what/when/where/whether/why/how the US promotes democracy abroad.  3. Because I want my reader to understand better how/why/whether the US should promote democracy abroad.

Final Question: I am studying US promotion of democracy abroad because I want to find out how the US promotes democracy abroad because I want my reader to understand better whether the US should promote democracy abroad. 

Note: All the necessary components are there in the final question, though it could be edited to improve style.