When you write an essay (or research report), it typically centers around a specific argument often called your research question.
It's always good idea to draft a hypothesis or tentative research question when you start to plan your research strategy. Your research question shouldn't not be so broad as to result in too many search results nor should it be so narrow as to yield too few search results.
Your initial research question may not even end up as part of your finished research paper - but it is of critical importance in assisting you to construct and author a successful research paper.
“Discovery needs luck, invention, intellect - none can do without, the other.”
Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749 - 1832)
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