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QTM100 - Spring 2024

This guide is for students in QTM 100 at Oxford College.

The Un-Googleable Question

An ideal research question is one that cannot be easily answered by a single source or result; in other words, it is un-Googleable!

Every source that you use in answering your research question is one piece of what will become your answer to your research question.

Developing a Research Question

These prompts may help you when you are developing your research question:

  • What do you already know about the topic?
  • What questions do you have about this topic?
  • Why would people want to know about this topic?
  • What would different types of people say about this topic?
  • What vocabulary would you need to use to discuss this?
  • Are there any new terms or vocabulary you need to understand?
  • What are the main ideas you could talk about?
  • What information and sources are available about this?
  • Do other people think that too?
  • What is the connection between ...?
  • What if ... (change something); is it still ...?
  • What is interesting and/or unexpected?
  • What do you notice about this data/information?
  • Who might be interested in this?
  • What else do you want to know?
  • What is a better question you could ask?

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Adapted from:

Teaching for Effective Learning Bringing it to Life (BiTL) Tool,