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Relevance and clarity of the research question for scientific work

Therefore, in order to deliver a solid thesis, bachelor thesis, master thesis or dissertation, it must be clear what this is about. That is why finding and formulating a research question comes first. To do that, you first have to find out what you feel like researching. Usually one can find one’s own areas of interest quickly by reviewing the past semesters accordingly. However, it is up to the writer whether he wants to work in his work with the investigation of phenomena, self-collected data, theories or concepts.

If, on the other hand, you have found a question, you have to check in the next step whether it is scientifically relevant for your own subject (the University of London has put together typical problems, the absence of a research question is the number 1). That means: other academics have themselves then already busy with the topic, but have not yet answered their own questions. If this is the case, finally, the feasibility of the research project should be put to the test. In doing so, however, it is important to realistically assess the time available, the material resources and of course your own competencies (see also the blog of the University of London).

In a last step, the focus is on the precise formulation of the research question. It is worthwhile to experiment extensively with word choice and sentence structure, so that the question is unequivocal.

Scientific work: logic and red thread of the structure

If the research question is then on a secure footing, you can set her a railing aside, where she can accordingly walk through the text. Developing an outline is therefore the second step of scientific work. By means of main chapters, sub-chapters and sub-items, it should become apparent how one intends to answer the research question in the course of the text. It must be possible to read which technical method and which content is used. It is important to connect this information not indiscriminately, but logically, because the structure is to be understood as a comprehensible chain of reasoning. Each chapter builds on the previous one. If one chapter has no logical connection to the next, it is out of place or even dispensable.

The division of the content to be conveyed into main chapters and subchapters also allows digressions in answering the research question. It should be noted, always give the main chapters more space and each subchapter in about the same amount of space. Although subchapters are only carried out on the basis of individual aspects, it is important to establish a logical relationship between all the main and subchapters. Only in this way does a whole of text emerge in which the red thread is recognizable. In addition, the structure has another benefit. Anyone who is in danger of getting bogged down in their paperwork can keep track of their own work thanks to it. Anyone who cares about the red thread, receives in a copy of a term paper, bachelor thesis, master’s thesis or dissertation valuable information.