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WRIT 110 College Writing: Research Topic/Question

Forming a Research Question

Turning a great idea into a focused research question can be challenging. Check out this quick guide to forming a research question created by Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University.

Picking Your Topic is....Research

Check out this Watch short video created by James B. Hunt Library at NC State University on the process involved in selecting a research topic.

Narrowing Your Topic

When forming your question, begin with a broad subject and narrow to a topic of particular interest. Check out this tutorial from the Suffolk County Community College Library. Please note the library databases and resources mentioned. Many are available through the George Fox University Library as well, to help you explore and narrow your topic effectively.


Ideas for Narrowing a Topic

Add words

  • Illegal Immigration + United States
  • Illegal Immigration + United States + reform
  • Illiegal Immigration + United States + economics

Add specific limiters

  • Age Group
  • Controversy
  • Geography
  • Perspective
  • Population
  • Time Frame

Ask questions about the topic: Who, What, When, Where, Why?

  • How has the immigration policy changed in the last fifty years in the United States?
  • Whom does illegal immigration effect?
  • What are the issues associated with illegal immigration?
  • How might a Christian respond to this issue?
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