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"A research question guides and centers your research. It should be clear and focused, as well as synthesize multiple sources to present your unique argument. Even if your instructor has given you a specific assignment, the research question should ideally be something that you are interested in or care about. Be careful to avoid the “all about” paper and questions that can be answered in a few factual statements." --Duke University Writing Studio
Research as Inquiry
"Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field." -ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education