due Dec 27 Research Proposal and Bibliography Description:  This assignment calls for you

due Dec 27

Research Proposal and Bibliography


This assignment calls for you to write and submit a Research Proposal that includes a bibliography.  The purpose of this is to plan and outline Essay 2, your research paper.  It is a mandatory step before you can submit Essay 2. 

Essay 2 is not to be based on a random topic of your choice.  READ the Essay 2 Assignment and base your proposal and paper on the assigned topic. 

You will find Module 4: Citation very helpful in completing this assignment and Essay 2.  Read:

  • Organizing Your Research Plan
  • Finding Your Sources
  • Using Your Sources
  • Citing Your Sources


Re-type (or cut and paste) and answer ALL of the following questions:

Topic of research paper (in your own words):

Why is this topic significant?  (Number of reasons may vary.)




What question or problem will this essay seek to resolve?

Thesis statement:

Outline of research paper (See Steps of Writing a Paper for a refresher on outlining):

Introductory paragraph ending in thesis statement:

*Annotated  (Links to an external site.)MLA bibliography (Links to an external site.) (Number of sources may vary, but must not be fewer than three.):




*See “Citing Your Sources” (Reading Module 4) for a definition of annotation.  Also, watch this video.


Essay 2 assignment


In the remainder of the course ahead, you will select a topic of personal interest to you, define a controversy within that topic, and examine that controversy at length.  The final result will be a 1500 – 2000 word (approx. 5 – 7 page) persuasive research paper that argues convincingly for one side of that controversy. 

You must utilize at least 3 sources that will help you convey your argument.  These sources must be incorporated correctly, used appropriately, and cited thoroughly using MLA standards.  Sources should represent both the side that agrees with your thesis and sides that disagree.  Your final draft will need to incorporate at least one chart, table, or graph, as well as at least one pictorial component (photo, drawing, etc).  These materials must be cited as well. 

Before writing this paper, you must submit the Research Proposal and Bibliography assignment.  This will help you plan your paper and execute it in parts so that the last steps feel more like assembly than writing a huge paper in one or two days.  The supporting modules for this assignment are Reading Module 3: Research, and Reading Module 4: Citation.  Carefully read or re-read all the materials they contain. 

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