Your Research Proposal should include the following. Please label each section in your document.
- Research question and context. (2 points each question = 6 points)
- What question will you be exploring?
- Why does this question need to be asked?
- What do you hope to learn from the project?
- Research conversation. (2 points each question = 6 points) This part requires some preliminary research. To help you develop an argument, you’ll need to figure out and state in the proposal:
- What is controversial about your topic?
- Based on the research you’ve done so far, what have experts on this topic been saying? What do they agree or disagree about?
- How can you contribute to this debate or conversation?
- Search strategy. (1 point each question = 5 points) Explain your search strategy:
- What search terms did you use, and why did you use these terms?
- Which search terms were the most helpful, and why?
- Where did you use these search terms (database, Google Scholar, etc.)?
- What kinds of sources will you use to explore your question?
- What sources do you think will be most useful, and why?
- Research challenges. (1 point each question = 2 points)
- What challenges do you anticipate (locating sufficient sources, managing the project, finding a position to take)?
- What resources are available to help you meet these challenges?