Good research explores a question without an easy answer. Narrowing a topic to a primary question will get your research off to the right start.
Questions require answers.
A topic is too broad to cover thoroughly, but a question has an answer.
|The Influence of Drugs on Crime
||Could legalization of less harmful drugs like marijuana reduce crime in the U.S.?
||Are laws requiring waiting, counseling or sonograms effective in reducing abortions?
||Why do heat exhaustion deaths occur and how can they best be avoided?
||In what fields have women achieved the greatest equality and through what means?
A question is a way of evaluating the evidence.
A clearly stated question helps you decide what information is needed in your paper and what is not relevant.
An open-ended question calls for real research and thinking.
A question with no easy answer makes research and writing more meaningful to both you and your audience. Your research may then solve a problem or contribute to the field of knowledge.