How to write a research proposal
November 10, 2016
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What is a research proposal
Start writing proposals
- What do I want to learn?
- Why is the topic important?
- How is it important in the subject area covered in my class?
- What problems will help solve?
- How do I build on (and hopefully surpass) what was done on the topic?
- What should I plan to do, and can I complete it in the time available?
Research Proposal Template
Example: Hitchcock’s psycho direct influence on the horror genre.
Example: How did Hitchcock’s psycho influence the way horror films were made? How has the horror genre changed with respect to movies?
Example: Research conducted links Hitchcock’s psycho to too many modern films to exhibit the same shock factor qualities. Today, the Shock Factor is more difficult to achieve; This is seen in the rise in low-quality horror flicks that link shock rather than suspense to hold the audience’s attention.
Outline of research proposal
- Intro / abstract. Why is your research significant?
- Public Areas
- Regional importance
- What is already known?
- Previous lessons
- Background information
- Rational questions and research
- Your research question
- How does your research question relate to the larger study area?
- What is your argument/claim/hypothesis about the answer to this question?
- Are there opposing points of view?
- How do you collect data?
- Which method do you use?
- Do you have participants?
- How does this relate to your research?
- What results do you expect?
- Significance and conclusion
- How does data/information gathering confirm/disconfirm your hypothesis?
- Why would anyone care about the research you do?
- Bibliography. Include at least 6 sources
Research paper format
APA research proposal
- Font 12 pt. times New Roman
- Double spacing
- 1 inch margins
- APA run head (limited to 50 characters)
- Title page with paper title (no more than 12 words in length), your name, and the name of your institution
- Abstract (150-200 words)
- In-text citation (formatted according to APA Guidelines)
- Reference page (formatted according to APA Guidelines)
Sample research proposal
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