Once researchers identify a topic or area of interest for scholarship, they are challenged to articulate the topic in the form of a research question that can be studied through a rigourous investigative approach. Part 3 requires that you pose a research question related to your identified topic of interest.
A research question is often developed from an identified topic. A research topic states a broad issue whereas a research question asks a clear, concise, and open-ended question that gives direction to research and investigation. Numerous resources are available that offer guidance on devising initial questions from a topic, then refining brainstormed questions to produce a clear, concise, and open-ended research question.