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This guide is designed for students in the Honors Program at Estrella Mountain Community College. You will find resources and tools to help with your Honors Projects and research papers. Please contact the library if you need any assistance.

Step 4: Research Question

When developing your research question you will need to consider the assignment and think about the scope of your topic. Determine the depth that you’ll need to go to satisfy both the assignment and your scholastic inquiry. Based on the information, create an open-ended question that can direct your additional research.

The research question, usually in the form of an issues question, will give you a guiding purpose in doing library research and your paper. Library research will also be much easier if you give yourself a clear direction through a focused research question.

Research questions need to be doable.

Consider your limitations: time, resource availability, interest, etc.