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How can I design a search or series of searches that yields the highest quality results?
What Makes an Effective Inquiry Question?
What makes a good Inquiry Question?
It is Critical, not Simple
A Critical question . . .
- leads to more questions
- provokes discussion
- comes from a critical or careful reading of the text or understanding of a topic
- addresses wider issues
A Simple question . . .
- can be answered with a "yes" or "no"
- can contain the answers within the question
- can be answered by a fact, or a series of facts
- can easily be found by "Googling"
Writing a Research Question
Re-evaluate Your Question
Re-evaluate your Question IF:
- You can answer it too easily . . .
- by looking it up
- by summarizing a source
- if the answer seems self-evident because the evidence overwhelmingly favors one answer
- You cannot find enough good evidence and authoritative sources to support an answer because . . .
- no relevant facts exist
- not enough research exists to be considered
- the question is based on preference
- You have too much info . . .