How to formulate a good research question

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One of the biggest leaps in a student’s journey is moving from learning how to answer fixed assignment topics set by their lecturer as an undergraduate to creating her or his own original research project at Honours, Masters or PhD level.

The most crucial skill in transitioning to original research is how to formulate a good research question. A good research question:

  • includes cutting-edge terms found in your academic research area,
  • raises a significant issue that might yield surprising results,
  • guides your reading, writing, methods and editing, and
  • helps you know when you’re on the right path to finishing your project.

QUT Library has a complete set of modules to help you progress from finishing great assignments to becoming an independent researcher.

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Study Smart helps you understand your assignment task, find and evaluate and use the information you need.

Advanced Information Research Skills

Advanced Information Research Skills helps you formulate a good research question and find, evaluate and manage the information you need to answer it.

Visit QUT Library at the learning and research desks or online, to find out more how we can help you. Or book a workshop today.

All systems go for AcWrMo

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November is Academic Writing Month (#AcWrMo). AcWrMo is ideal if you are writing a thesis (Honours, Masters or PhD), then AcWrMo is for you. AcWrMo is also recommended for any researchers with a deadline.

6 Rules

  1. Decide your academic writing goal.
  2. Declare your goal on the shared Google Docs spreadsheet, over twitter (#AcWrMo), on your blog or to your dog.
  3. Draft a writing strategy
  4. Discuss your progress
  5. Don’t slack off
  6. Declare your results

If you want to join in, then sign yourself up on the shared Spreadsheet with outlandish writing goals and get writing.


Academic Writing Month