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Final Research Project: Proposal

As you know, by the middle of November you have to turn in a polished proposal for your final research project in my section of Critical Reading this semester. This page includes the assignment sheet for the proposal.

Assignment Sheet: Polished Proposal for the Final Research Project

Due: by 5 pm Friday, November 18, 2005.

Format: 2-3 pages, double spaced, with reasonable fonts, font sizes, and margins; title that indicates main thrust of inquiry; heading that includes your name, the course name or number, and the date; a description of the focus of your research project; an explanation/justification of that focus; a research plan; and a bibliography in MLA style (see links page for explanations of this style of citation) of sources you've used and are you're planning to use.

Requirements: Your proposal must make a case for your project; it must describe the research you want to do, explain why you want to do it, give a rationale for why you think it's important that research like yours should be done, and lay out a preliminary plan for your research. It should be written as a persuasive essay: your job is to convince me to approve this topic--that the line of inquiry you want to pursue is worth pursuing. To do this, you will not only have to choose a line of inquiry, but get a sense of what has already been done with that line of inquiry (by doing some very preliminary research--talking with me, making use of the reserves, using JSTOR, the MLA Bibliography, WorldCat and other on-line databases, familiarizing yourself with library resources, putting in inter-library loan requests), as well. You should have a title, a description of what you want to do, and a justification for doing it as your final project in the course. Think of the proposal as identifying a research question or issue you want to explore and making the case for why you should be allowed to do so.

What For. My purpose in making you write a proposal for your project is to get you thinking about and doing research for it as early as possible. The more thoughtful and specific you are in the proposal, the better able I will be to give you useful feedback during the individual conference that we'll schedule in late April. Furthermore, writing a proposal allows you to map out a research plan and be in a position to use inter-library loan (if necessary) to get ahold of articles or books we don't have at Fredonia that are crucial to your project. Think of the proposal as a starting point, and do the best you can with it. After we meet to discuss your proposal and you begin doing the research for your project, your topic or approach might change radically. That's the nature of the research and writing process.

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ENGL 345: Critical Reading, Fall 2005
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