I know this is a very open question, however I am looking for some impressions as I am totally unsure in what style I can do this.

I am writing my bachelor thesis right now and I want to present my final research question inside my introduction. I was thinking about an environment which is a bit separated from the rest and looks 'good'.

I was trying something like this:

\textbf{Researchquestion 1} & How is this done?\\
\textbf{Researchquestion 2} & What is done?\\

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However maybe there are some better ways for doing this?

  • Maybe the framed package (ctan link with documentation). It already solved what you tried to do by hand, and has some more options.
    – TivV
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 10:23
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    How could we know what else you would like? If you like what you have done, what else could we add? In case you think in a more fancy box, my suggestion is run texdoc tcolorbox.
    – Fran
    Commented Jan 28, 2020 at 10:26

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        \item This is a research question.
        \item This is another research question.
        \item This is a research question with a label.\label{itm:qwithlabel}

    \noindent We are very interested in answering~\ref{itm:qwithlabel}.


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    This solution feels more elegant than Tru Veld's for me.
    – barfoos
    Commented Mar 12, 2021 at 8:19
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    This is a nice solution, however, the list is visibly outside the margins of linewidth. How can this be fixed to keep the list within linewidth? Commented Jul 23, 2021 at 10:28
  • I think that is a "feature" of the enumitem package. Try looking at the package documentation.
    – khatchad
    Commented Jul 23, 2021 at 14:26
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    This can be done using itemindent: \begin{questions}[itemindent=4em] will indent the list with 4em.
    – bramh
    Commented May 1, 2022 at 21:54

I've seen many kinds of things ranging from the \begin{description}...\end{description} to simple \textbf{...} or \emph{} in papers. You rarely see the box in papers, but papers are not theses. You could also give it a dedicated paragraph \paragraph{Research Question X}. Right now, I personally prefer the use of \begin{quote}...\end{quote} and \emph{}, whenever we have enough space in a publication. See result below with some random preceding text:

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The respective tex code is:

\begin{quote}\emph{RQ T.1: What kinds of formatting options are used for presenting research questions?}\end{quote}

Let me include general advice that hopefully helps you with setting up the formatting. You can use macros for research questions for consistent edits. Typically, you repeat a research question in a dedicated (sub-) section or when you provide a concise answer after presenting your results.

Macro in the preamble (before \begin{document}):

        \emph{RQ T.1: What formatting options are used for presenting research questions?}

Wherever you want to put the research question, you just type \rqtest{}. This way, you do not only deal with the presentation in one place but also help the reader to identify research questions in other places throughout your thesis by being consistent.

  • Welcome to tex.sx Commented May 26, 2020 at 14:57
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    How can I create references to these RQ/Quotes? Commented Sep 18, 2020 at 14:13
  • \begin{quote} \textbf{RQ T.1: What formatting options are used for presenting research questions?} \end{quote} This is what I have been using.
    – Deekshant
    Commented Oct 9, 2022 at 19:17

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