your interest into a Research Question
gathering background information, one of the easiest
ways to focus your topic is to frame
it as a question. Research is
not passive reporting, it is a search for answers.
instance, after doing research on censorship,
you discover a current controversy involving
censorship of the Internet.
So, looking at your background research, you have
determined that this is the area on which you
wish to focus.
are a number of ways to focus this interest even
further into a research question.
questions to get you started:
are the political affiliations of those who
are in favor of and opposed to censoring the
do public schools address Internet access and
the government have the right to censor the
there comparisons you can make?
does the debate concerning Internet censorship
differ from the debate about book banning?
the United States have different rules about
Internet censorship than other countries?
Pros and Cons always
reflect a potential decision to
are the ethical arguments for or against censoring
libraries censor Internet use?
Internet filters block pornography?
using specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries
will give you the knowledge you need to formulate
a good research question.