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Body Image: Body Image Research

Get a start on your research on body image

Body Image Research

Start Learning About Your Topic

It's important to begin your research learning something about your subject; in fact, you won't be able to create a focused, manageable thesis unless you already know something about your topic.

Useful Search Terms

Use the words below to search for useful information in books and articles.

  • body image
  • self image
  • beauty culture

Depending on the focus your research takes, some of these terms may also help:

  • media
  • nutrition
  • eating disorders
  • cosmetic surgery
  • obesity
  • body dysmorphic disorder
  • muscle dysmorphia
Use the Databases Below to Begin Learning About Your Topic

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff. 

Create Research Questions to Focus Your Topic

Body image is a complex topic that is best dealt with by narrowing your focus. Do some background reading, and use the questions below to help you focus your topic. Once you have a more narrow topic, develop specific research questions (for an example, see the research questions on Body Image in our Developing Research Questions guide).

  • What is body image?
  • How is one's body image developed? What is the role of family, community, and the media in creating body image?
  • How do body image issues differ among men, women, teens and children? 
  • How do diet, nutrition, or exercise affect body image?
  • What is the connection between body image and cosmetic surgery?
  • What is the connection between body image and eating disorders?
  • What steps can be taken to improve one's body image?
  • Based on what I have learned from my research what do I think about the issue of body image?

Explore Your Topic Further

When you are ready to explore and answer your research questions, use these databases below.

Use the Web for Research

Search the Web

Use Google Scholar to find academically-appropriate Web sites.

Google Scholar Search

Selected Websites

Cite Your Sources

Your instructor should tell you which citation style they want you to use. Click on the appropriate link below to learn how to format your paper and cite your sources according to a particular style.

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