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Research Support: Formulate a Research Question

The library provides research support to all postgraduate students and researchers

Tips of formulating a researchable topic

Importance of the problem:

The formulation of research problems is arguably the first and most important step of before undertaking any research. It has been likened to the foundation of a building to be constructed. To solve a problem, one needs to know about the problem. So, the problem identification and formulation is very crucial for the researcher before conducting a research, and this is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of any research undertaking. The “problem” is stated in the opening passages of a study and, in effect, provides a reader the rationale for why the study.  is important.

.A researcher needs to ask  the following  questions:

"What do I want to know about this study?"

"Why is this research important?


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