In the best published social science writing you will be able to identify a clear how or why question at the heart of the research.
How and why questions are essential because they require the author to make an argument.
And you should do all this as early in the course as possible.
A research question, at least in the social sciences, begins with the word why or how.
Why did the Labour Party win the last British general election?
How have conceptions of race changed in the US since the 1960s?
Those are skills that you will use in any profession you might eventually pursue.
To write first-rate research papers, follow the following simple ruleswell, simple to repeat, but too often ignored by most undergraduates.
Why does a specific aspect of politics work as it does?
How has a social or political phenomenon changed from one period to another? Why have some countries been more successful in the transition from Communism than others?