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FYSE 124 - Film and Media in Modern Israel - Weinberg: Home

Today's Focus:

Developing Research Questions

Beginning Your Research

Israeli Press 1949

How Strong are These Research Questions?

How have Israeli borders changed over time?

How effective are Israel's current airport security protocols at preventing terrorist attacks?

What is the impact of Israeli security checkpoints on Palestinian employment?

Is racial profiling morally justifiable? 

Background Research

From Topic to Question

When researching, you'll start with a broad topic (Six Day War, border security, Israeli education system, etc.).

Narrowing your topic into a research question can help you focus your research and be more efficient--you'll be able to sift through your sources and quickly identify which ones address the exact thing you want to learn.

Research questions are not all the same. Here are some tips for developing strong research questions.

Good research questions are:

  • Open-ended: Instead of forming a question that can be answered with a simple yes or no, ask How? Why? Who? What was the cause? What was the impact?
  • Answered with research, but not simple research. A question that can be answered with a quick Google search is not going to make for interesting research. Avoid overly subjective questions. Your research should be based on facts and ideas, not opinions.
  • Focused: A good research question is specific and examines one slice of a larger topic.
  • About something that matters (to you and/or society): Why would someone care about the answer to your question? If you can easily answer that, it is probably a meaningful question.
  • Flexible: You may need to adjust or change your question as you research, depending on the evidence you find (or don't find).

Research & Instruction Librarian

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