Forming Research Questions and Identifying Key Concepts Worksheet

Research Writing: Research Process

Practice with this Research Questions and Key Concepts Worksheet to improve the research process of your research writing. By completing 10 exercises, you work on the ability to formulate questions from which you can pick out the main concepts to aid in researching for information and forming your thesis statement.
Forming Research Questions and Identifying Key Concepts

Instructions

For the first five exercises, develop a research statement, research question and research question with a point of view for each research paper topic provided. For the last five exercises, identify the key concepts and a list of alternative terms and/or synonyms for the research question to which each exercise refers.

  • Research paper topic: abstinence programs

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    Research question:

    Research question with a point of view:

  • Research paper topic: bullying laws

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    Research question with a point of view:

  • Research paper topic: internet regulation

    Research statement:

    Research question:

    Research question with a point of view:

  • Research paper topic: racial bias in the media

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    Research question with a point of view:

  • Research paper topic: working mothers

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    Research question:

    Research question with a point of view:

  • Using the final research paper question you developed in exercise #1, identify the key concepts and a list of synonyms or alternative search terms.

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  • Using the final research paper question you developed in exercise #2, identify the key concepts and a list of synonyms or alternative search terms.

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  • Using the final research paper question you developed in exercise #3, identify the key concepts and a list of synonyms or alternative search terms.

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  • Using the final research paper question you developed in exercise #4, identify the key concepts and a list of synonyms or alternative search terms.

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  • Using the final research paper question you developed in exercise #5, identify the key concepts and a list of synonyms or alternative search terms.

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