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GCS2000: Introduction to Cultural Studies (Saenz)

What is a Research Question?

A research question is a statement that defines what is to be studied. It is the core of the research project, study, or literature review. Your research question focuses the study, determines the methodology, and guides all stages of inquiry, analysis, and reporting.

Your research question should...

  • Be focused 
  • Identify the problem you're writing about
  • Establish significance 

Final Paper Sample Topics

  • Space, place and delinquency in Reggaeton.
  • Protest music (specific context) and symbolic community
  • Border-crossing and Spatial Delinquency in Border Art
  • Memory and History in Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl
  •   Spatial Delinquency and Unfulfilled Desire in Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love

Note: You should be able to find sources that explain the context in which the artifact was produced, or the problems that you have identified with the artifact in question (for instance, how it articulates certain views of race, gender, sexuality, class…).

Developing a Research Question (Northern Kentucky University)

Developing a Research Question (Indiana University)