About This Assignment

Throughout this course, you’ve learned about finding sources, crafting a research proposal, and ultimately writing a research paper. As part of your grade for this course you need to complete one research proposal and two research papers. For this assignment, choose one of the prompts you plan to write a full research paper on and create your corresponding research proposal.

Your research proposal should be between 500 – 800 words. In your research proposal, be sure to cover the following components:

  • The prompt and questions you want to address
  • Your thesis (your position regarding the main question you address)
  • Your goals for the paper
  • Supporting details
  • How and what you will research to support your thesis

It should be clear from your proposal not just which prompt you have selected, but how you intend to focus, develop, and prove it. Regardless of which prompt you choose, evidence from reputable sources must be used to support your claims.

Research Paper Prompts

Formatting & Sources

Please write your paper in the MLA format. As part of your research, you may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least four credible, outside sources and cite them using MLA format as well. Please include a mix of both primary and secondary sources, with at least one source from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any lessons as sources, please also cite them in MLA (including the lesson title and instructor’s name).

  • Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question.
  • Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Management. You may use like JSTOR, Google Scholar, and Social Science Research Network to find articles from these journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)

If you’re unsure about how to use MLA format for your paper and sources, please see the following lessons:

Grading Rubric

Your proposal will be graded based on the following rubric:?

Category Unacceptable (0) Needs Improvement (1-2) Good (3) Excellent (4) Total Possible Points
Purpose Main points are nonexistent or irrelevant to overall purpose Main points are difficult to identify or under-developed Main points are clearly related to overall purpose Main points are developed and well-supported, connecting clearly to overall purpose 4
Structure and Organization Disorganized and illogical structure hinders understanding Somewhat disorganized, but structure does not detract from understanding of main points Structure is logical; main points are supported by organization; introduction and conclusion are included Organization is logical; structure enhances clarity and delivery of main ideas; introduction and conclusion are connected well to supporting content 4
Clarity Vague or unclear writing; reader is left with several unanswered questions Writing is ambiguous in a few areas; overall content is either not fully explained, or is too wordy for the content included Phrasing and word choice are mostly effective; explanations and descriptions are thorough without being wordy Syntax is very clear and concise. All supporting explanations and descriptions are precise, thorough, and efficient 4
Mechanics Incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and use of standard English grammar hinders understanding Several instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar Few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar No or very few instances of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage of standard English grammar 4
Research Fewer than three sources are cited, or all citations are from only At least three citations are included, but are not from legitimate/objective sources of information (i.e. Wikipedia) Three or more citations are included from legitimate sources that are appropriate for the topic Three or more citations are included from legitimate sources that are highly relevant and applicable for the topic and thesis 4

Before You Submit

When you are done writing your proposal, we suggest taking some time to check for any errors or to add some final touches. We also suggest that you use online plagiarism checkers such as PlagScan or Solid SEO Tools to make sure that your paper is not too similar to any existing materials. Plagiarized submissions will NOT be graded.