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Research brainstorming assignment

In 2-3 pages, outline what you're interested in researching and how you want to go about researching it. 

  • What is the general topic? Why is it important, interesting, etc.?
  • What are some possible questions that are worth asking about this topic? Have these questions already been asked?
  • What kinds of evidence would you need to answer these questions? Where can you find this evidence? 
  • What will give you confidence in this evidence (whatever it turns out to be)?

Prospectus, rough draft

In 15-20 pages, develop your prospectus.  Structure your draft in the following way:

  • Introduction (1-2 pages)
    • General topic
    • Why is it important?
    • What more do we need to know about this topic?
    • Research question
    • Possible answers to your research question 
  • Literature review (4-5 pages)
    • How have other authors talked about your topic?
    • Have other authors tried to answer your research question? What is lacking in their answers?
    • How would your project contribute to the literature?
    • If no one else has posed your research question, then you need to justify why it needs to be asked in the first place.
  • Methodology (8-10 pages)
    • Choose a methodology and its corresponding methods from among those that we have covered (some can be combined, but not others).
    • How would this methodology enable you to answer your research question?
    • Discuss the specific evidence that you would need to collect and analyze.
    • Why would other methodologies not allow you to answer your research question?
  • Conclusion (2-3 pages)
    • Provide a reasonable timeline for completing the project
    • Discuss practical, methodological, ethical, etc. challenges that you would need to overcome

Manage & Organize

ProQuest RefWorks is a citation management tool. It helps you keep track of all your sources. There are many different ones out there, but RefWorks is the only one support by SU Libraries.

You can check out this guide for help or ask a librarian!