How to Write a Research Paper Proposal

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Writing a research paper proposal includes the thesis of the paper, at least three important points in the paper and at least three primary and secondary sources. Write a research paper proposal with tips from a produced playwright in this free video on writing.

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Hi, this is Laura Turner and today we're going to talk about how to write a research paper proposal. This is probably one of the most important parts of writing your research paper. This is the first point in which you're going to show your professor what you want to write about. And your professor will be able to tell you, narrow down your subject or expand or what ever he needs to tell you so you need to know what to include. So number one, include your thesis. Actually try to develop a thesis sentence for the topic you're going to write about and include that in this proposal. Number two, get at least three points in this proposal that you want to use for your essay. Three different specific topics that you want to talk about that relate to your thesis. Number three, I, especially if this is a research proposal, I would include at least three primary or secondary sources. Primary being actual books; secondary being journals or articles written about the books that you're going to include in your research paper. So that you'll actually have done some of the research in this initial preparation process. And then, number fours, draw a tentative conclusion already. Even though you haven't written the paper, know where you want to go with it. So you're going to have your thesis and your conclusion and your body and your research and you pretty much have all your stuff already written out for you so that you can make the writing process a lot easier. So really work on your research proposal.


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