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HIST: Class III US History

Research Question Overview

Developing a Research Question:

  • Remember that Research Questions should be: 

clear

specific 

arguable
 

  • Doing more research on your initial questions may help you develop strong research questions. 
 
 

Good Research Questions

Developing Strong Research Questions

Developing  Research Questions 

Topic: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

  Write down questions that come to mind.  Try using prompts, such as:

What I know                      What don't I know

What  I want to know

(or my research questions)

I know that the bus boycott received nation-wide attention I don't know how much this influenced the Civil Rights movement as a whole. How significant was the Montgomery Bus Boycott in shaping the Civil Rights movement as a whole?

Evaluation

  1. Evaluating your research question can help direct your research.
  2. What information do I need to make this question specific, clear, unambiguous and arguable?

RQ: How significant was the Montgomery Bus Boycott in shaping the Civil Rights movement as a whole?


  • How strong is this research question?:
    • Is it clear and specific? It does have specific places and names. 
    •  Is it unambiguous? Shaping the movement is a pretty broad idea - what exactly does this mean?
    •  Is this an arguable point? It would be difficult to argue that this victory was not significant in some way.  But how significant and in precisely what way?

*Questions for continued research