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POLI 497: Political Research Methods: Home

Brainstorming

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

What? 

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

Who? 

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

How? 

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

Why? 

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

For a PDF of the question quadrant, click here.

Research Question Worksheet

I want to look at how _________________ could impact/effect_____________________________

I want to know what the role of ______________ is in relationship to ________________________

I want to examine a specific population (age range/location/race/ethnicity)____________________

I can measure this using ___________________________________________________________

My Research Question:_____________________________________________________________

Subject Guide

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