Formulating and Testing Research Questions

Author: Nancy Arrington
Department of Political Science
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California 93407

Copyright: The author, 2020

A series of exercises to guide you through the research process, from selection of a topic through analysis and interpretation of data.


  1. Topic to Question Guided Brainstorm
  2. Conceptualization Activity
  3. Theory Guided Braintorm
  4. Measurement Exercise
  5. Topic to Question Guided Brainstorm
  6. Conceptualization Activity
  7. Content Analysis Exercise
    1. Supporting Material Bush 41 Inaugural Speech
    2. Supporting Material Bush Terrorism Speech
  8. Interview Activity
  9. Anatomy of a Research Project