Research Proposal

An tentative plan for your final project due Friday, February 18 at 11:59pm via Blackboard

Before beginning your final research project, you will put together a research proposal that will focus on the development of a research question and will also include three scholarly sources that have helped guide your topic.

Research Proposal

Section 1: My Question (Abstract)

My interest is in the broad field of [insert field]. I have chosen to investigate [Insert a quick description of your research question—narrower than a “topic.”] I seek to inform [Who is your audience? Be sure to identify specific stakeholders, and “society” or “students” or “teachers” don’t count.] This matters because [Specify (or speculate, at this point...) what you believe the “so what”? of your project might be. Why is it worthwhile?].

Section 2: My Research Question

[ Your research question needs to be an actual question, one which you genuinely can’t answer right now. (You may have a hypothesis about the answer, but you need to be open to the possibility that you will discover something that changes your mind.) The answer to your research question should point toward your thesis. (The answer does not need to be your thesis, but it should be headed in that direction.) In addition, the answer to your question must be one with which reasonable people could disagree. (What’s the point in asking a question when the answer is so sure and so obvious that no one could possibly support the other side?)]

BROAD RESEARCH TOPIC: [insert topic]

NARROW, FOCUSED RESEARCH QUESTION: [or, what, specifically, do you want to know?]:
[To borrow from the authors of a book called The Craft of Research, your thesis statement should be:
substantive (not “an aimless walk through data”),
contestable (prompts reactions such as “you’ll have to explain that” or “what’s the support for that?”), and
specific (focused, “announcing [clear] concepts that the author must develop in its support”).

Section 3: Possible Written Sources So Far

What possible sources have you found for your project so far? These sources should be scholarly, substantial, well-developed, and appropriate sources.
This list will grow as you develop your annotated bibliography, but at this point, just list each of your sources using citation format, then elaborate as much as you can on the sentences for each source. Also, feel free to reword the bullet points if you like

Citation (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.) Format help can be found on the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)]
[citation for source.]

This source’s main point is _________.

This source is reliable because _________.

This source is potentially crucial to my research because _________.


[citation for source.]

This source’s main point is _________.

This source is credible because _________.

This source is potentially crucial to my research because _________.


[citation for source.]

This source’s main point is _________.

This source is reliable because _________.

This source is potentially crucial to my research because _________.

Section 5: Questions for My Professor

[Ask me at least three specific, high-quality questions about your research project so far. “Am I on track?” is not specific. “Will you help me?” has an answer you already know. “I can’t think of any questions” won’t work.]

[Question 1] Example: I have been thinking about how commuter students identify with campus culture. Who might I be able to talk to about this topic to learn more about what sort of efforts, if any, are made by UofL to help commuter students ?

[Question 2]

[Question 3]

Project Stats

1000

Words

3

Sources

5

Hours