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2. Developing Research Questions: Regular Questions vs. Research Questions

Most of us look for information to answer questions every day, and we often act on the answers to those questions. Are research questions any different from most of the questions for which we seek information? Yes.

See how they’re different by looking over the examples of both kinds in the “Some of Each” table and answering questions about them in the next activity.


Examples of Regular Questions

Examples of Research Questions

What time is my movie showing at Lennox on Friday?

How do “sleeper” films end up having outstanding attendance figures?

What can I do about my insomnia?

How do flights more than 16 hours long affect the reflexes of commercial jet pilots?

How many children in the U.S. have allergies?  

How does his or her country of birth affect a child’s chances of developing asthma?

What year was metformin approved by the U.S. Food and Drug administration?

Why are nanomedicines, such as
doxorubicin, worth developing?

Could citizens register to vote at branches of the Columbus Public Library in 2012?

How do public libraries in the United States support democracy?

What is the Whorfian Hypothesis?

Why have linguists cared about the Whorfian hypothesis?

Where is the Apple, Inc. home office?

Why are Apple’s marketing efforts so successful?

What is Mers?

How could decision making about whether to declare a pandemic be improved?

Does MLA style recommend the use of generic male pronouns intended to refer to both males and females?  

How do age, gender, IQ, and socioeconomic status affect whether students interpret generic male pronouns as referring to both males and females? 



See if you can tell the difference between regular and research questions in Figuring Out the Differences.

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