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In your proposal, you will find a social issue related to your field about which you can complete primary (firsthand) research. Research questions can be quite diverse—How do people of different ages use social networking sites like facebook to communicate differently? How do students at the University of Colorado view different campus issues? How does the general public perceive an important issue within your field? Once you’ve found a topic that’s of interest to you, you will conduct secondary research to determine what researchers are already saying about your proposed topic. You will then draft a proposal for your project that explains how your project will contribute to the larger conversation surrounding your topic. Length 1500+ words What to include (Note: These are guidelines not headings)*** • The topic you have chosen. • A specific question within the topic area that your final paper will answer. Develop a focused question for which you truly don’t already have the full answer. • A hypothesis or working thesis statement. You should not go in thinking you already know the answer to your question, but you probably have some suspicions about what you will find. Write this up as a hypothesis you will test with your primary research. • A statement of significance. Why should anyone care about this question and topic? What is its importance? What gaps in current research is your research filling? • What you already know. On what foundation are you building? This might include even experiential knowledge that has compelled you to pursue this particular topic. It will also include information you have started to gather and read for the project. • What you need to know. Completing this section allows you to identify areas in which you’ll need to do more reading and research. • The methods you will use to acquire information. Your methods for gathering and processing information should match the question you ask. That is, think about what resources will best answer this question. • An exploration of ethical implications for the research that you’re conducing and/or possible conflicts of interest encountered when conducting said research. • A schedule or timeline for managing the parts of the project. • A working bibliography of potential sources. Identify the sources you may need to use (a working bibliography). You don’t have to read them all, but should have a general idea of the content of sources included in your working bib. Please have at least 10 in your working bibliography by the proposal stage. You will then strategically cut and add sources for your final paper.

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