Description Resources MUST come from Georiga State University library website. Use academic journals for resources that are very helpful. The Research Proposal for 1101 You will create a research proposal and five annotated sources. What is the purpose of the proposal? The purpose of a proposal is to give your instructor a basic idea of what will be discussed in your research paper. A proposal should have a specific, narrow topic. The topic should be interesting and original. The one-sentence thesis statement should state the topic and the stance that you will take on that topic. It has to be argumentative. Examples of Thesis Statements that are argumentative: The tight control the American Medical Association has over medical doctors and registered nurses affects the way patients view hospitals. Because of the changes in medical care and insurance, the emergency room has become a crowded doctor’s office. Research Always begin your research with some idea of what your topic will be. Next, go to the library for sources so you can narrow the topic. If you are not sure where to start, ask a librarian. Do not use citations from encyclopedias. Do not use anything that is out of date. Academic journals are especially useful. Use the GSU library databases. You may use newspapers for one source, but make sure that they are national newspapers (e.g., New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post), unless your topic is tied to a specific geological area. Interviews may also be used if the interviewee knows the topic well. Writing the proposal After you have narrowed your topic and you have a working thesis, it’s time to write your proposal. The proposal should be double-spaced, in MLA format, and a large paragraph—about half a page.

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