EMPOWER - Choosing Your Topic: Page 8 of 12

Direction for Research

girl studying However, you’re still not really done defining your topic. Before you begin research, you should formulate a research question.
Many students struggle with this, because they don't understand the difference between a research question and a topic.

The major difference is a research question seeks an answer. It directs your research, because you'll spend your time working with sources that will help you answer the question you've posed.