Before you proceed with your research, it’s important that you include your professor, who will guide you through the process. Once you’ve developed and refined your research question, you will present your professor with a proposal of your research plan.
Your goal here is to present your professor with the information they’ll need to determine if your proposal is headed in a positive direction. They’ll look for ways to help you revise your research question and offer suggestions that can help you as proceed.
To be successful on this week’s assignment, follow the template we’ve provided here.
The opening paragraph clearly states the purpose of this email.
The first body paragraph explains the research topic and its relevance to your field of study or academic interest.
The second body paragraph explains the research question you plan to answer and names the sources you’ve read or gathered for this question. It also explains the type of research assignment you plan to write – process analysis, cause-and-effect analysis, persuasive argument etc.
The third body paragraph presents a concise summary of at least one of the sources you've already collected. Your goal here is to identify the main ideas and key details that will help you to address your research question, as well as the bibliographic details that confirm the reliability of your source.
The fourth body paragraph explains your plan for this research project — that is, how do you intend to break up the work into manageable units or stages, what internal timelines will you set for each stage, who you will ask you to help you proofread a draft, etc.