Part 1: Research Proposal
Address the following in your proposal:
What topic/question do you plan to research? Why? What sparks your interest in this issue? And why does this issue matter to others beyond yourself?
Who are the various stakeholders when it comes to this issue? Then, who is your intended audience? What specific group of individuals has the power to
make a change when it comes to this issue?
How have you narrowed this topic/question to make it more manageable? How could you keep narrowing it if needed?
What makes your topic/question debatable? What are 3-5 open-ended questions within this topic?
Based on your preliminary bibliography, how researchable does this question seem? Have you found a wealth of diverse sources and opinions? How credible
and reliable do your sources seem? How easy or difficult was it to find peer-reviewed/scholarly sources? Which sources are most promising? Why?
NOTE: This assignment is not a full research essay. For now, you are writing a few paragraphs defending your research topic, why it matters, what its central
questions are, etc.
Part 2: Annotated Bibliography
Address the following for the annotated bibliography:
APA formatting for the citations
Citations/sources listed in alphabetical order
Note how each source will help you explore your topic more fully.
All sources should be print books, eBooks from the library, articles from the library databases, or articles (print or web) from local, regional, and
national/international newspapers and magazines. No general websites, .com websites, wiki sites, personal blogs, etc.
At least 2 of your sources need to be peer-reviewed/scholarly journal articles from the library databases. What is a peer-reviewed scholarly article? Watch the
All sources should be from the last five years (approx.) to avoid out-of-date information. Include annotations for at least 4-5 sources cited in the discussion
Use the Annotated Bibliography and Research Proposal templates on the Writing Center’s websiteLinks to an external site. as you complete this assignment
Required elements to turn in with submission:
Research Proposal – draft this in APA format, developing the questions asked under Part 1: Research Proposal, above.
Part 1 Length: Minimum of 300 words
Part 2 Length: 1-2-paragraphs