The proposal should be 6 pages, 11-12 pt Times New Roman. This is for a research methods class. Please have an understanding of how to do a research paper proposal. The proposal you’ll be writing for this class is a proposal to conduct research. Because you can’t actually implement a solution to the problem you’ve identified, you will be explaining why the problem needs to be addressed and how you’ll conduct research to find a solution. Your proposal does not outline a solution to the problem. Instead it will explain the problem, the need for a solution, and outline how you will go about researching that solution. Should include a purpose, Summary, Introduction, Annotated bibliography, proposed program/plan of work, Budget and schedule.
What is the purpose of your proposal? Clearly explain the purpose of your document. For an unsolicited proposal, the statement of purpose can convince a reader to keep going and not simply recycle the proposal.
What content is included in the proposal? The summary is a very brief synopsis of the document where you provide a quick overview of the proposal. Again, the summary should have enough information to compel the reader to keep going, but not so much as to overwhelm them.
What problem or problems will the proposed project address? In this section the writer defines the problem by answering the four questions addressed by your Preliminary Research Statement: What is wrong? What is lacking? What is unknown? What is the need? As well as who will benefit from your addressing the problem.
This section also gives some background regarding the problem and explains how it developed. By providing some history or context, readers can understand the scope of the problem and be convinced of the need to find a solution.
Finally, tailor your language to the reader. If the proposal recipient is an expert in your field then jargon may be appropriate. If they are not, consider using more common language and defining key terms.
In order to tailor the proposal to your reader, it’s important to have a clear idea of who that reader or audience will be. You’ll need to know the following: who will read the proposal, their degree of familiarity with the topic, existing knowledge, why your proposal is of interest to them, and why they would be interested in finding a solution.
Sometimes an annotated bibliography is also referred to as a Review of Literature. That name indicates both its form and function. The annotated bib should show the reader what research has already been conducted on this topic and interpret that information to reach a conclusion about the relevance of your study and how it might contribute to the existing knowledge base.
Prepare an annotated bibliography, using either MLA (Links to an external site.) or APA (Links to an external site.) citation style, of at least four published sources that deal in some way with your research problem, according to the following criteria:
Make sure that your annotations are conclusive, not simply descriptive. Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.
All entries should be arranged alphabetically by the author’s last name or by the first substantive word in the title, if there is no author. (Do not alphabetize by use of articles–“a,” “an,” or “the.”)
Provide complete bibliographic information, including inclusive page numbers and, if the article is from an online version of a journal, include the author of the site, place of origin, and date of internet citations.
Double-space between annotations. Entry information may be single- or double-spaced.
Within each entry, indent all lines after the first five spaces. This includes the bibliographic citation material as well; if it takes more than one line, indent the second, and so on.
Use peer-reviewed or expert sources, not popular ones. Annotated entries for popular websites will not receive credit. If you have questions about a source, please ask me or a librarian.
Proposed Program/Plan of Work (research methods)
What work will be completed and how will it be accomplished? What steps will you take to conduct? How will these steps collect information for your project? This section is strongest when it contains very specific details and can demonstrate a clear understanding of the issue and your approach. Dates, times, locations—any information that would indicate a concrete plan and accountability will strengthen your proposal.
Who will be leading this project and why/how are they qualified? Here you may provide a brief biographical summary of yourself.
Budget and Schedule
How much will it cost and how long will it take? In this case you’re outlining the cost of conducting the research—not the cost of solving the problem. For example, perhaps you want to budget a salary for yourself as a researcher or money for printing or driving.
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