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MEDIA AND VISUAL CULTURE STUDIES: From Topic to Research

Concept Mapping


Source: http://libguides.lib.cwu.edu/DHC

Topic

Cochrane, Kira. "How Female Corpses Became a Fashion Trend." The Guardian 9 January 2014.

After reading this article in The Guardian online, I realize that  I'm interested in the glamorized depiction of female victims in television crime dramas.

 

How does this become a specific, interesting, and significant research question?

 

1. Thinking about the 5 W’s and an H – who, what, when, where, why, and how. 

2. Consider the 4 Ps --people, problem, perspective, and place.

3. Doing some background reading (or pre-searching) now can help you find a great research question.

Exploring the Scholarly Literature

Use the Core Databases for Research in Visual & Media Studies on the Find Articles page to find scholarly articles related to your research questions.

  • Read the abstract and/or the first couple of paragraphs of the article.  What is the focus/thesis/primary theme of the article?  Does this focus fit the topic and/or research questions you are interested in exploring?
  • Take a look at the Reference List/Bibliography of the article.  Are there any promising articles, books, book chapters?  Try finding books of interest in the library catalog and finding articles of interest by using the Look up a specific article form. 
  • Who is the author of the article and what do you know about them?
  • What can you find out about the journal in which the article has been published?