Formulating a Research Question

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Are you interested in learning how to formulate a sound research question?

Below is a list of resources to assist you.

What is a Research Question?
Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, PhD - NC TraCS Institute

The most practical way to think about research questions.
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Formulating a Research Question
Duke University Libraries

Duke Libraries' staff compiled a quick four minute tutorial on formulating research questions.
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Formulating Your Research Question (RQ)
Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Sciences Writing Studio

Pamphlet of suggested ways to formulate research questions.
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Developing a Research Question
State University of New York Empire State College

A how-to guide to develop a research question that you're interested in order to focus your research.
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Developing a Research Question
Dr. Sam Fiala, Southwestern University

Narrated PowerPoint presentation on developing research questions.
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Developing great research questions
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy — Earlene E. Lipowski

Journal article detailing a three step process to formulating a great research question.
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Asking Focused Questions
University of Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM)

In order to practice evidence-based medicine you must ask well-built clinical questions.
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Grant Writing Tutorial
The Research Assistant — Danya International, INC

For those writing funding applications to funding agencies of the Federal Government, particularly using the current PHS 398 form. Topics covered: Formulating Research Question, Proposal Team, Soliciting help from NIH program staff.
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