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MVC 261: The Hitchcock Film : Research Process

Research Process

  • Research doesn't happen in a straight line from start (assignment prompt) to finish (polished paper/presentation).
  • Research includes finding background information to help you shape your ideas.
  • Research incorporates analyses from journalists and scholars, whose ideas help you reframe and revise your research questions.
  • Research includes making evaluative decisions about which and whose perspectives to incorporate into your own scholarship.


From Topic to Research Questions


Learn more about narrowing a topic and developing a research question.

Choosing & Using Keywords

What is "the literature"?

How we distinguish between popular and scholarly information sources in order to select the sources whose purpose, authority, and audience are consistent with our information needs