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DEVELOP RESEARCH QUESTIONS
Developing Research Questions
After selecting an initial topic, the next step is to develop research questions.
First, write down, what you:
already know, and
don't know about the topic.
Next, use this information to develop questions you'd like to answer.
Then, use probing questions,
Finally, avoid questions that can be answered with yes or no.
Video edited and posted with permission of Northern Kentucky University's Steely Library.
Examples of Research Questions
The Endangered Species Act (ESA): What do and don't you know?
it's a law that protects animals and their habitats, which are in danger of extinction,
there was a lot of controversy about adding polar bears to the list, and
at one point bald eagles and grizzly bears were on the list.
animals can be removed from the list,
the law only protects habitats that are within the U.S. boundaries.
I don't know:
what it takes for an animal to be removed from the list, and
what the penalties are for violating this act.
Possible Research Questions
Was the Endangered Species Act (ESA) designed only to protect animals, or
does it protect ecosystems, as well?
What animals or habitats outside of the United States are covered by the act?
What countries have legislation to protect animals and habitats?
What animals are currently on the endangered species list?
How does an animal get added to or removed from the list?
What penalties are imposed on those who violate the act?
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