Skip Navigation
Skip to Menu Toggle Button
Online Guide to Writing and Research

The Research Process

Planning and Writing a Research Paper

Ask a Research Question

When we perform research, we enter the community of scholars who, before us, sought to answer questions for themselves and others. We set out on a journey of discovery that draws us into the ongoing conversation about that subject matter. This is also your opportunity to add your voice to the scholarly work that has already been written about your topic.    

Diving In

Key Takeaways

  • The answer to your research question will eventually be your thesis statement, which will take a stance. 
  • Frame your research question so that it does not result in a "yes" or "no" answer, but an in-depth answer. 

Mailing Address: 3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi, MD 20783
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. © 2022 UMGC.
All links to external sites were verified at the time of publication. UMGC is not responsible for the validity or integrity of information located at external sites.

Table of Contents: Online Guide to Writing