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Research Plan

As part of your research plan, you must first draft a research question for your research paper that will guide the rest of your writing.

A research question, which is more specific and focused than a general topic, is the question that your research paper will be answering. For example, if your general area of interest is Social Security, a possible research question might ask “How could low-income families save more money if the United States had a reformed Social Security plan that included personal retirement accounts?”

As you develop a research question, keep in mind that you will need to research sources to support your topic. Do not pick a one-sided question that will limit your research. Instead, develop a research question that lends itself to further exploration and debate—a question you genuinely want to know the answer to. Try to pick a research question that is not too broad (covering too much) or too narrow (covering too little). It should be broad enough to be discussed in a short research paper.

What is your general topic or area of interest? My general topic or area of interest is cancer.
What is it about your general topic of interest that interests you?

What interest me about my general topic of cancer is, people who have been cured from cancer through conventional and unconventional medical methods.
What questions do you have about the topic that you would like to investigate? List them.

1. Conventional ways to treat cancer.
2. Unconventional ways to treat cancer.
3. Success rates of treatment.
4. Non-success rates of treatments.
5. Suppression of unconventional medical treatment to fight cancer.
Would any of the questions you listed about the topic make a good subject for a research paper? Pick or adapt one question and make it into a research question. Yes, I believe,…...

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