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clear: it provides enough specifics that an audience can easily understand its purpose without needing additional explanation.
focused: it is narrow enough that it can be answered thoroughly within the limitations stipulated in the assignment (e.g., number of pages).
concise: it is expressed in the fewest possible words.
complex: it is not answerable with a simple "yes" or "no," but requires an analysis and synthesis of ideas and sources.
arguable: its potential answers are open to debate rather than accepted facts.
Research Tip: A research question should reflect the need to include multiple information sources as you report on the results of your academic research.
Application Exercise: Incorporating what you learned from writing an introduction to your topic and the elements of a strong research question, construct a research question for your topic. Retain a copy of the completed exercise for yourself and download a second copy to D2L by [date].