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Why Research Questions?

We live in an information-rich society and enjoy technology that allows us to access this information quickly and efficiently. This widespread availability of information is a real boon when we are looking to quickly retrieve a specific piece of information such as a starting time for a film, a weather forecast, or the lyrics to a favorite song. But when we are conducting academic research, this availability of information can quickly lead to information overload.

Think of your research questions as a grocery list designed to guide you through a huge “storehouse” of information.  This list will provide you a great place to get started with your research, and allow you to efficiently locate and retrieve the most relevant knowledge possible to support your thesis. A list of questions can help prevent you from getting off track as you sift through large quantities of information, and even help keep you organized as you begin writing. Your list of questions may change and/or expand as your research progresses.


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