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SOCY 4155-091
Research Methods
Research Proposal Assignment

Here is a general outline of the research paper and the
presentation (specific details are spelled out below):
• Two parts
1. Written
paper (125 points)
? Approximately
10-15 pages
• Double-spaced
• 12-point
Times New Roman font
• 1-inch
margins
? Six
sections
• Abstract
• Introduction

• Literature
review
• Data
& Methods
• Findings
and Conclusion
• References
2. Oral
presentation (25 points)
? Approximately
10 minutes
? Discuss
research question, theoretical background (literature review),
hypotheses, data, method(s) and proposed findings and conclusions.
? Powerpoint
required
• Please
email me the ppt file before class
? I
will provide you with an example later in the semester

BUILDING YOUR PAPER

I. Abstract
Summarize in maximum 200 words the main idea of your
paper. Remember to mention the
significance of your topic, a statement of the problem and objectives, a brief
summary of employed methods or your research approach and the most important
finding.
– A self-contained piece of writing that can be understood
independently from the essay or project

II. Introduction
A.
Approx. 1 to 2 pages
B. Why is it important? What do we know? What don’t we know?
What we will do (remember to mention your research question)?
– remember to state why is it important not only say it is
important
– clearly state what you are going to do
C. You can also include a breakdown of the “flow” of the
paper.

III. Brief literature review
A.
Approx. 3 to 5 pages
B. Must
cite at least 10 academic, peer-reviewed sources
1.
Sources must directly relate to research question
2. Good idea to have subsections that focus on your
dependent variable, key independent variable(s) and control variables, previous
research answering the relationship between DV and IVs
3. End by mentioning your hypothesis (ses)
C.
Questions/ issues to address
1.
Demonstrate a more in-depth understanding of your topic
2.
Provide a theoretical justification for your hypotheses/ expected findings
3.
For quantitative method, state your hypotheses
4. For qualitative method, state the questions you are
seeking to address (different from research question)

IV. Data and Methods
A.
Approx. 3 to 5 pages
B. Two parts
1.
Quantitative method
a.
Sample characteristics/ how you will
recruit
b.
Design: Cross-sectional, longitudinal, inductive, deductive
c. Method: Experiment, Quasi-experiment, Field experiment,
or Survey
d.
Variables
i.
What are your concepts?
ii.
How are you operationalizing them?
e.
Planned analyses (regression, cross tabs,
tables, correlations, etc).
2.
Qualitative method (2.5 pp.)
a.
Sample characteristics/ how you will recruit
b.
Design
c. Method: Unobtrusive observation, Participant observation,
or Interview
i.
Structured interview?
ii.
Semi-structured interviews?
d.
Variables
i.
What are you looking for?
ii.
What questions are you using to “get at” your topic?
e.
Planned analyses

V. Findings/ Discussion/ Conclusion
A.
Approx 1-2 pp.
B.
Discuss your potential findings. Remember to relate findings to your hypothesis
(es).
C. Talk more in-depth about what you think your research
contributes
D. Talk
about potential limitations/ new questions your research raises

V. References

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