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Research Proposal

The purpose of the research proposal is to demonstrate that you have chosen to develop a publicly debated subject that you are interested in, that is important to the academic or professional community, and for which there is quality source material readily available, whether in our library, through interlibrary loan, or through the Internet. Your final paper will require you to complete a References List with a minimum of ten sources and twelve to fifteen pages of polished prose. Keep all these factors in mind as you continue to refine your topic and the argument that you will develop from this topic.

Your proposal should be between 300-500 words. Please delineate the six points with headings. This is worth 5% of your final grade and will be evaluated on thoroughness and language mechanics. Though I expect you to attempt to put the sources in a proper documentation style, you will not be graded on its perfection.

For the proposal, please provide:

A working title for your project.
  1. A clear statement of your argument. This will be a refined and developed thesis statement or hypothesis.
  2. A reflection about what real difference it would make to you and to your readers if you were able to demonstrate the validity of your argument.
  3. Whatever you know now about your subject and what you still need to learn.
  4. A list of refined questions to further guide your research.
  5. Possible interview sources; if you have completed your interview(s), recap what you learned from it (them).
  6. A working bibliography of current professional or academic sources. List a minimum of five sources you have previewed. Site these in APA documentation style.