The Research Proposal

The Research Proposal

The Research Proposal Martha J. Bianco, Ph.D. Purpose Why have a proposal? Essential Elements

Proposed Title Research Question What question is this research attempting to answer? Attention Grabber Generate interest Who cares? Who is your audience?

Why is this important / significant? Your rationale Significance / importance of your research Background Very general overview of what is known Establish the context Connection with Forbidden Knowledge Provide history and background Operationalize (define) key terms Alternative

Explanations Competing Different points of view For example: pro & con Schools explanations

of thought Different theories Alternative positions Thesis Statement What you plan to argue or show Your theory Your main purpose Your goal Methodology

How you will conduct your research Literature review Compare and contrast differing theories Historical review Secondary statistics

Gather and analyze existing data (e.g., Census, GSS) Methodology How you will conduct your research Interviews Content analysis Surveys, field observation, experiments

Paper Plan Tentative organization of paper Background and history Literature review Research methodology Findings

Paper Plan Tentative organization of paper Interpretation Identification of problems Recommendations for further research Works Cited

Annotated Bibliography 5 to 10 works Final paper should have 10 to 15 works All MLA-required citation information Credibility of author(s) Biases, if any, of author(s) Advantages and / or disadvantages Usefulness to your paper Typical Order of

Elements 1. 2. Cover page, with title Abstract 3. 1-paragraph summary, single spaced Begins at top of first page of text

Introduction Attention-grabber Research question Thesis statement Typical Order of Elements 4. 5. 6.

7. Operationalizations Background Alternative Explanations Methodology Typical Order of Elements 8. 9. Paper plan Conclusion

10. 11. Tie back to intro / thesis statement Leave reader excited to read your work Annotated Bibliography Works Cited (may be more extensive) Sequencing Authors Order

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

15. 16. Curiosity Literature review Annotated bib Alternative explanations Research question Thesis Methodology Operationalization Background Paper plan Citations

Introduction Conclusions Title and cover Abstract Works Cited Readers Order 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Cover and title Abstract Introduction Research question

Thesis Operationalizations Background Alternative explanations Citations throughout Methodology Paper plan Conclusion Annotated bib Works Cited Curiosity Desire to read paper The

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