Week 2: Research Proposal
Following the model below (including bold headings), compose and submit a detailed research proposal. Remember that your final paper must include a minimum of 7 sources with at least 4 sources coming from peer-reviewed journals taken from the APUS library.
Background/introduction: In this section, you will present your research topic and explain its significance. Why is it an important topic to research? Be sure to include any background information your instructor may need.
Description: Identify the main concern about your topic; include your research question and any relative secondary questions. You must include your working thesis statement, identifying it with the phrase: “My working thesis is….” You must also include the expected results of your research. Remember that a thesis statement is typically one complete sentence that is not a question.
Plans, Methods, and Procedures: Explain how you plan to research your topic. Will you be conducting primary research (such as surveys or interviews) or relying mainly on library research (databases, department portals, specific search engines)? What note taking methods will you employ? How will you keep track of your sources? Include the documentation style you will be using and a working bibliography, formatted in that style, following the guidelines found at APUS Citation Guides. This web site is the citation standard for the class and must be followed for all citation formats.
Schedule: Include all course deadlines and any additional deadlines you have set for yourself. Decide when you will take notes and when you will compose the paper. (Some people do one and then the other; others alternate.)
Approval Request: Ask your instructor for feedback and approval.
Instructor/Professor____________, please approve my plan and include any needed feedback to improve my research essay.
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