Choosing your topic: Page 10 of 12

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question mark To develop a research question, try using one of these question starters to formulate a research question of your own:

QUESTION WORD EXAMPLE
WHY?

Why do some retailers require managers to hold college degrees?

Topic: the reason some retailers require managers to hold college degrees.

HOW?

How does a college education affect a retail manager's salary?

Topic: the effect of a college education on a retail manager's salary.

WHAT?

What is the relationship between job placement and retail managers holding college degrees?

Topic: the relationship between job placement and retail managers holding college degrees.