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A guide for CRIM 395: Youth Incarceration


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To help develop a focused research question from a broad topic, students are asked to consider the questions in the quadrant below. 


  • What is your topic? What other issues/events are similar or related to your topic? 


  • Who is affected by your topic? Who is involved?


  • How does your topic impact society, culture, politics, economics? 


  • Why does this topic matter to you? Why should it matter to others? 

For a PDF of the question quadrant, click here.

Research Question Templates

While these are not the only way you can structure a research question, these templates might be helpful as you try and shape your research question.

·         What are the effect(s) of [actor] on [target]?

·         What is the future of [actor] for [target]?

·         What are the advantages (or disadvantages) of using [actor] for [target]?

·         How do restrictions on [actor] effect [target]?

·         How will the dependence of [target] on [actor] effect the future?

·         What is the role of [actor] in the relationship between [target] and [target]?

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