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Developing Research Questions
Once you have selected a topic, the next step is to develop research questions.
Write down what you already know or don't know about the topic.
Use that information to develop questions.
Use probing questions. (why? what if?)
Avoid "yes" and "no" questions.
Example: Endangered Species Act
What do or don't I know about the Endangered Species Act (ESA)?
it's a law that protects animals and habitats that are in danger of extinction.
at one point bald eagles and grizzly bears were on the list.
there has been a lot of controversy about adding polar bears to the list.
I don't know:
what it takes for an animal to be removed from the list.
what the penalties are for violating this act.
if it protects only habitats within the U.S.
What was the ESA designed to protect -- animals only or ecosystems, too?
What animals/habitats outside of the United States are covered by the act?
What other countries have legislation to protect animals/habitats?
What animals are currently on the endangered species list?
How does an animal get added/removed from the list?
What penalities are imposed on those who violate the act?