Research Plan Guidelines
The goal of this activity is to explain your topic and develop a plan that will guide your research. This is a plan for how you will conduct research, not for how you will write your annotated bibliography.
In 375–500 words, write a research plan that includes each of the following four elements:
- Topic and justification: Describe your topic and briefly explain why it is important.
Consider all of the following questions:
- What is important about this topic?
- Why is more research needed on this topic?
- How will your research help us better understand the topic?
- Research questions: List the 2-3 research questions that you are trying to answer
with your research.
- Sources: List 2-3 of the sources—books, journal articles, research studies, etc.—
you expect to use, and explain their significance in the context of your project.
- Questions and concerns: Share questions and concerns you have about your project at this stage and describe strategies you might employ to overcome challenges.
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