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What are research questions?

The idea of research questions is quite alien to many undergraduates and can be worrisome even for those working at postgraduate level, yet they are important to the success of many activities, including dissertations. In this respect, a dissertation is akin to postgraduate activities, which might be one reason why, if you have a choice, you might opt for a dissertation at undergraduate level: it is good preparation for work you might come to do as a postgraduate.

So, what is a research question? It is the question you ask yourself at some point in your research activity, the question which prompts you to offer your reader an answer and, in many cases, the question which leads on to further areas ...

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