Assignment 1: Research Proposal
See Syllabus for due dates
At least one full page, MLA format
Meets all objectives
Start here: http://libguides.usc.edu/writingguide/researchproposal. This handy guide talks about the basics for putting together a research proposal.
Assignment: Choose a topic that will guide you through the rest of the semester. What do you care about enough to advocate for? Remember our theme: How the World Works, and that you are eventually going to have a write a persuasive essay in this area, so it’s not too early to be considering what you may want to argue. We will be spending a good amount of time talk about strategies and argument, but make sure to at least choose an area of research that will have some form of argument in it.
Planning and Drafting:
The bulk of the work for this first assignment will be spent figuring out where you want to “land.” Don’t procrastinate on this step. Give serious thought to what you want to research. There will be some resources for coming up with a topic in D2L under “Assignment 1,” but don’t underestimate how important it is to start on the “right foot” as far as having a solid, more general topic.
Then, in following the link above, your document will include answers to the following questions:
If you choose, later in the semester, to go in a different direction, you need to submit a new, complete research proposal.
**Jane, our content expert in research, can be of particular help on this step. Reach out to her!
The evaluation criteria for this:
You will need to include an MLA citation and summary of one credible source within the area of study of your proposed topic.
We recommend the Credo Reference database for most topics. It's a great place to find credible background information to get you started on a topic for your proposal:
If you use Credo Reference to find a source on your topic for the proposal, click on the Cite Article icon at the top of the page and select MLA from the drop-down box. Copy and paste the citation that pops up, but always be sure to double-check the formatting!
For help finding or citing your source in MLA, post a question to the Research and Citation Discussion Board for Jane the Librarian.
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