Research Proposal and Preliminary Bibliography
Part 1: Research Proposal
Address the following in your proposal:
- What topic/question do you plan to research? Why? What sparks your interest in this issue? And why does this issue matter to others beyond yourself?
- Who are the various stakeholders when it comes to this issue? Then, who is your intended audience? What specific group of individuals has the power to make a change when it comes to this issue?
- How have you narrowed this topic/question to make it more manageable? How could you keep narrowing it if needed?
- What makes your topic/question debatable? What are 3-5 open-ended questions within this topic?
- Based on your preliminary bibliography, how researchable does this question seem? Have you found a wealth of diverse sources and opinions? How credible and reliable do your sources seem? How easy or difficult was it to find peer-reviewed/scholarly sources? Which sources are most promising? Why?
NOTE: This assignment is not a full research essay. For now, you are writing a few paragraphs defending your research topic, why it matters, what its central questions are, etc.
Part 2: Annotated Bibliography
Address the following for the annotated bibliography:
– APA formatting for the citations
– Citations/sources listed in alphabetical order
– Note how each source will help you explore your topic more fully.
– All sources should be print books, eBooks, articles (print or web) from local, regional, and national/international newspapers and magazines. No general websites, .com websites, wiki sites, personal blogs, etc.
– At least 2 of your sources need to be peer-reviewed/scholarly journal articles.
All sources should be from the last five years (approx.) to avoid out-of-date information.
Your goal is to find a wide variety of perspectives on your topic. You should search the internet for the various sources listed below.
– 1 book (You may skim the book, finding the most important ideas presented.)
– 1 popular press article (A popular press article is one that is printed in a periodical intended for a general audience, such as Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic)
– 1 or more international news sources (BBC, Al Jazeera, Univision, Sohu News
– 2 scholarly articles (A scholarly article is one that is printed in a journal intended for a specific, expert audience; one of these articles should come from a peer-reviewed journal.)
– 1 web source
– 1 non-traditional source (consider podcasts, films, TedTalks, etc.)
Required elements to turn in with submission:
For Part 1 of the proposal, use the APA7 Template. Draft this in APA format, developing the questions asked under Part 1: Research Proposal, above.
For Part 2 of the proposal, use the Sample Annotated Bibliography to create your own Annotated Bibliography.
To submit the assignment, combine the two documents into one:
delete the title page from Part 2 annotated bibliography
delete the References page from the Part 1 research proposal
copy/paste Part 2 at the end of Part 1
You should have one title page and no References page–the annotated bibliography takes the place of References for this assignment.