What is a research problem?

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A research problem differs from a regular problem. Regular problems are situations we experience on a daily basis like having a flat tire, your coffee machine stops working, and your dog won’t stop barking, etc. Every day problems are annoyances, but do not typically warrant an in-depth investigation.


A research problem is an issue that requires an in-depth investigation to solve it. Research problems may result from issues related to practice and/or gaps in the scholarly literature. In order to identify a research problem, it is important to review what has already been done in practice and/or in the scholarly literature. Take time to critically reflect on what has been done and identify a research problem based on what is missing.

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