Remember that this is not simply a bibliography listing ‘everything written on the subject’.
Rather, it should show critical reflection in the selection of appropriate texts.
The research topic I have chosen is the Japanese-American internment in concentration camps during World War II.
I am currently taking a United States History class with Nancy Zens, and a research paper is required for that class.
Quite often, students who fit the minimum entrance criteria fail to be accepted as Ph D candidates as a result of weaknesses in the research proposal. (1997): Supervising the Ph D, (Open University Press, Milton Keynes).
To avoid this, keep the following advice in mind: Bell, J. (2001): How to Research, (Open University Press, Milton Keynes). (2000): The Research Student's Guide to Success, (Open University, Milton Keynes).
Make sure that your title goes beyond simply describing the subject matter – it should give an indication of your approach or key questions.
In this section you should provide a short overview of your research and where it fits within the existing academic discourses, debates or literature.
This section should lay out, in clear terms, the way in which you will structure your research and the specific methods you will use.
Research design should include (but is not limited to): A well developed methodology section is crucial, particularly if you intend to conduct significant empirical research.