Research Proposal Time-line
Don’t fuss about formatting. Simply follow the formatting guidelines as specified – to the letter, don’t be sloppy -- and you will be fine.
Adhere to ASA format for citations and references, page numbering, section headings, margins (one inch all around), and spacing (double-spaced). The ASA formatting guidelines are posted on the class website.
- First-level headings: capitalized, bolded, and centered
- Second-level headings: italicized, bolded, and flush with the left margin
- Third-level headings: italicized, bolded, and intended at the beginning of the paragraph; capitalize the first letter only and end it with a period.
Include page numbers.
Include a title page (see the sample title page below).
Meet deadlines. As Woody Allen once said, 90% of life is just showing up! It’s about true. If you are present, if you are on time, if directions are followed, that’s more than half the battle, and you are doing better than most excuse-makers. It almost guarantees a “B” in whatever you do.
“The first draft of anything is shit.” - Ernest Hemmingway
I will not grade early drafts. I will only grade the final draft.
The length of first drafts of any section should be about twice that of the final one. Get ideas and information down on paper and then add, cut, and revise later.
Have one group member write a fast first draft of a section and have add to or modify it.
Sections can be submitted to me in either electronic or hardcopy format.
Various sections can be worked on at the same time, and you will surely return to each one again and again.
Research is never final. Indicate what you plan to do, recognizing that plans sometimes change based on new information, ideas, set-backs, and opportunities.
You will receive feedback from me as you submit drafts of various sections, along with informal discussions that I might initiate in passing along my ideas, relevant references, or whatever. In addition, however, you are welcome to come to me with questions or concerns you might have regarding various aspects of this project. Please feel free to come to my office (make an appointment if your schedule and my office hours clash) or e-mail me and I will be happy to do whatever I can to help you along. Please don’t be shy in this regard.
Sections were submitted to me separately for review, but should be pulled together in the final draft. That means that you should not force sections onto separate pages; they should flow with the text.
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