This video describes ways you can narrow your topic to develop a research question. It adds additional details to the information on this page.
You may begin your research with a general or broad idea about what you want to research, such as portrayals of black women or the elderly. As you research and learn more about your topic, find ways to focus on a specific type of media portrayal. This will make your research more manageable and allow you to provide a detailed analysis of a specific archetype, rather than a broad analysis of a general concept.
As you develop keywords and narrow down your topic, there are some techniques you can use to help you find the most relevant resources.