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Tips for Focusing Your Research Question

You have decided on an interesting question to investigate. Now you can develop a guiding statement for your project. It needs to be well-defined and repeatable. It also needs to be testable; a statement that can be accepted or refuted with the evidence you are going to gather.
 
 
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Investigation Time frame: 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 
 

Data to Gather : (in the field and online) 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 

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Authors: Michele Stafford-Levy, Shirley Davis, Albert Alvarez Ortiz, and Ellen Treadway.
School: New Mexico State University

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