RESEARCH PROPOSAL SSCI 306 Key features: • Talk about the subject as best as possible (concise) • Clear statement of the intended focus • Rationale for choosing the subject • Mention of resources Statement of intent to examine a topic GOALS • To provide a justifiable reason for your research intention. • Allows me the opportunity to guide your research should you have difficulty with broadening or narrowing your research topic. Beginning the Process Research proposals are generally organized the same way throughout most social science disciplines as your regular academic paper. • Read the assignment carefully • Ask if you are not clear about any specific requirements for organizing and writing the proposal •What doI want tostudy? •Whyisthetopicimportant? •Howisit significant withinthesubject areascoveredinmyclass? •What problemswill it helpsolve? •Howdoesit buildupon[andhopefullygobeyond] researchalreadyconductedonthetopic? •What exactlyshouldI plantodo, andcanI get it doneinthetimeavailable? Ask yourself: CONTENT OF PROPOSAL Topic (1 sentence) Abstract/summary of topic (~1 paragraph) Annotated Bibliography (2-3 sources you will likely use in paper) For each source, ~1 paragraph describing what the article is about and how it will help your research Outline Provide 2-3 ideas for your main points TOPIC SENTENCE Progression of an argument for your proposed paper. Decreasing poverty will increase access to healthcare. Increased access to healthcare reduces chronic diseases such as diabetes. Economic improvement decreases poverty. Decreased chronic diseases improve economy by allowing money from emergency room to classroom for betterment of education. Improved education leads to more economic opportunities. Economic opportunity leads to economic development and improvement. ABSTRACT/SUMMARY Provide a brief but detailed explanation of your topic. What are you trying to do? Why? What do you want your reader to know? What is the main point? Who is the effected why and how? Why does this matter? How can you solve the problem? What are some of the limits (either the study or the problem)? What are the opportunities (either the study or the problem)? ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY • Provide an annotated bibliography style description of 2-3 sources. Provide • Evaluative annotations: offer opinions on each source as well as describe it. • Concise description of work: give accurate and objective information • Relevant commentary: provide opinion related to your topic and purpose. Offer • Complete bibliographic information Complete • A concise description of the work • Describe objectively and summarize the work • Relevant commentary • Commentary relevant to the scope and purpose of the writing assignment • Consistent presentation • Effectively evaluate all sources, not just some Provide: Author, A. A., Author, B. B. (Year). Title of art.