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ENG 111: College Comp I - The Trial (WO): Research Question

Form a Research Question

Narrow your interest and decide what question your paper will answer.  It seems counterintuitive, but a narrow topic is actually easier to research than a broad one. 


Lizzie Borden


Lizzie Borden was guilty

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Lizzie Borden was found not guilty because a nineteenth century jury could not believe a woman would commit such violent murders.

Good Research Questions Are...

Target    Deep Pit
Specific    Deep, Not Wide

Only answer one main research question in your paper.


Instead of mentioning many ideas briefly, focus on a few points and develop them well.

students    Unique Golf Tee
Interesting to You    Unique

Consider the assignment an opportunity to learn more about something that interests you.  Research is easier and more enjoyable when you pick a topic that interests you.


Good research tackles new, unusual topics.  Instead of "O.J. was guilty", try examining a specific piece of evidence or approach the case in a new way.