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Research Plan

As part of your research plan, you must first draft a research question for your research paper that will guide the rest of your writing.

A research question, which is more specific and focused than a general topic, is the question that your research paper will be answering. For example, if your general area of interest is Social Security, a possible research question might ask “How could low-income families save more money if the United States had a reformed Social Security plan that included personal retirement accounts?”

As you develop a research question, keep in mind that you will need to research sources to support your topic. Do not pick a one-sided question that will limit your research. Instead, develop a research question that lends itself to further exploration and debate—a question you genuinely want to know the answer to. Try to pick a research question that is not too broad (covering too much) or too narrow (covering too little). It should be broad enough to be discussed in a short research paper.

What is your general topic or area of interest?Sex crimes
What is it about your general topic of interest that interests you?

Letting my voice, a survivor, speak through research papers about the importance of speaking out against sexual abuse What questions do you have about the topic that you would like to investigate? List them.

What are some common differences and similarities? How does a victim move on in life? What are some of the stages of the healing process? What is the importance of speaking up? Where help is made available? What are some experiences other survivors have had? Would any of the questions you listed about the topic make a good subject for a research paper? Pick or adapt one question and make it into a research question.

What is the healing process after abuse and has anyone recovered using the healing process? Why do you think this research question is...
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