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English 121 - Spring 2018: Research Topic / Question

Topic vs. Research Question

A research topic is a subject that you are interested in investigating. For instance, flu shots or vaccines are topics.

research question drives your investigation. It is something that you want to know about your topic; something you will explore and try to answer. For example, "Does a delayed distribution timeline for childhood vaccines increase the likelihood that a child will contract a vaccine-preventable illness in the United States?" is a research question.  [ New Literacies Alliance Lesson - Ask the Right Questions ]

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Using the 5Ws to Develop a Research Question

Sources to Help You Pick Your Topic

Picking Your Topic Is Research (Video)