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ResearchProposal

Please clearly separate the sections in your final, paper copy. Number pages. (You may blog it as one stream of text.)

A good research proposal should contain the following elements:

1. Title Page - Working Title, Your Name, Class information:ENGL 202, time, Spring 2009.

2. Abstract - Overview of the project, specifying: general topic and specific research question. This should summarize what the reader will learn and summarize why it is worth knowing overall(50-100 words)

3. Introduction - This is the beginning of your full draft. It prepares a reader for your study by: identifying the topic, relevant conversation(s), and research question. It lays the foundation for the research question in terms of: your interest, OR its importance, OR relation to ongoing conversations. The introduction also addresses how your purpose relates to the theme of the digital life. (2-3 paragraphs)

4. Fieldwork Statement - Propose the specific activity you will pursue as your primary research. Make clear what information you seek, from whom, and how you will obtain it. The purpose and the "nuts & bolts" should be clear (ex. for a survey, detail how it will be administered, to whom, and samples of the questions).

5. Source Review / Conversations - Briefly overviews "key ideas and information in the sources you've collected so far." This is not your bibliography. Rather give a picture of the kinds/groups of resources you intend to work with. You should organize it in terms of conversations perspectives, disciplines or areas of knowledge, NOT source types such as books, articles, websites, etc. Draw on both your conversation brainstorming AND your individual source evaluations. Use the guidelines for evaluating sources to help make the appropriateness or contribution of each type to your RQ evident.

6. Working Bibliography - Conclude with an MLA-format list of sources that you have uncovered thus far and intend to incorporate into your final paper. Your final bibliography will list sources alphabetically by author. But for research proposal please GROUP THEM into kinds of information (history, personal stories, academic studies, etc.) in a way that corresponds with the section above.


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