When starting a new research project, it is important to develop a sound research question. This is true for both students and professional scholars. This is a crucial step in the research process, as it will guide your research activity. Therefore, the step to make an effective research question should not be rushed.

A properly written research question has several characteristics.

It should be clearly defined, and free of jargon whenever possible.
It should be sufficiently focused to steer your research to its logical conclusion. It should summarize an outstanding issue or problem you want to investigate through research, by a literature review or an experimental study or a theoretical exercise.
The question must be realistically addressed within your limited time frame and other available resources (e.g., money, equipment, assistants, etc.).