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The Research Process: Develop Research Questions

A tutorial on doing research that gets the results you want.

Example: Culinary Tourism

What do I already know about Culinary Tourism?

  • People travel to try new things
  • People like to eat
  • Some people like to try new foods
  • Whats weird for me is normal for others
  • Lots of places offer a culinary tour experience

What aspect of Culinary Tourism do I want to focus on?

  • People travel to try new things
  • People like to eat
  • Some people like to try new foods
  • Whats weird for me is normal for others
  • Lots of places offer a culinary tour experience

Developing Research Questions

  • What do I already know?
    • Are you familiar with the topic? What do you know about it?
    • What don't you know about the topic?
  • What aspect of the topic do I want to research?
    • Why is it important?
    • Who is involved with the topic?
    • Where does this topic occur/where is it located?
    • What aspect of this topic sounds interesting?
    • When does this topic occur? Is it an historic event, a reoccurring event, or time-sensitive?