Research Proposal & Annotated Bibliography
Choose one of the assigned short stories we have been discussing for the past few weeks. Then, think about your understanding and interpretation of the short story. You will be writing a research paper that aims to analyze the short story, but before you do, you will need to complete research to better understand the story and work through your analysis and interpretation. So, this research proposal and annotated bibliography project is the step before the research paper.
Steps to begin:
The Research Proposal:
The purpose of a research proposal is to persuade someone, often your professor, that your topic and approach in an upcoming research paper are valid and worthwhile. Before you write the paper, propose your topic, approach, and initial research on the subject to show that you are on the right track and should continue in this direction. If the proposal fails to show significant thought and preparation (analysis and initial research), your proposal may not be approved, and you would have to begin again. The goal is to create a concise, yet thorough proposal that persuades your professor to approve your topic and approach. This is also your opportunity to receive initial feedback that will assist you in proceeding. The more focused the better. Demonstrate you know your topic well by introducing it and providing a framework for your argument, and show that the paper you propose is well-thought-out and would be a worthwhile contribution to an academic discussion on your topic. Include a preliminary thesis that clearly and explicitly states your specific stance (post-research).
Length: No more than ½ page (typically one-two healthy paragraphs).
Style: Formal, but you may use limited amounts of 1st person when/if necessary to discuss your approach to the proposed paper.
The Annotated Bibliography:
The purpose of the annotated bibliography is to compile, summarize, and evaluate the sources intended for use in a research paper. At this stage, you will not be asked to commit to these texts; in fact, you may ultimately find that some of them have no place in your research paper, but it is important that you go through the process of evaluating them, which will make you better prepared to synthesize and analyze your source materials.
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