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ENG 112: College Comp II – Literature (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. 


Edgar Allan Poe


Dark Romanticism

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How do Poe and Hawthorne use symbolism in their short stories?

Good Research Questions Are...

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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.

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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.  Try to research a topic your professor has never seen before.