3- The first piece of work you will need to submit is a topic and a thesis statement (refer to the first rec-orded lecture for instructions on choosing a valid topic and narrowing it down). In summary, the topic has to be original and specific. Choosing an existing research proposal (e.g. from a colleague who al-ready passed this course) is not acceptable because the work is not original. The project has to be about one of these three fields (linguistics, literature, or translation). Check the title section in guideline number 7 below for more information. In addition, you need to provide a list of the tools you will use in your research (surveys, interviews… etc.). You need to submit the thesis statement and the paragraph explaining it and the list of tools in a Microsoft Word document. 5- It is important to note that the research proposal is just a plan of research. You do not have to conduct actual research and you do not have to collect data. It should be between 4 and 6 pages (not including the cover page). Your supervisor may reject your draft if it exceeds this page limit Referencing:
Double check that you have good citation of references both in your text and in the reference list. This applies to every work you submit to your supervisor (i.e. thesis statement, first and final drafts). Make sure to COMPLETELY AVOID PLAGIARISM. There are two kinds of plagiarism: A. Copying others work without citation (e.g. copying from a website and not mentioning that website in-text and/or in the reference list). B. Copying others words as if they are yours. This is when you cite the reference you quoted directly from and fail to use direct quotation: (use quotation marks if the quoted text is fewer than 40 words and an in-dented paragraph if the quoted text is more than 40 words). Please note that it is not acceptable to have all of your literature review section quoted directly.
Every reference you use MUST be cited twice:
(1) In the text (e.g. in the literature review section). This can be done in two ways: a. When copying the words of other authors, the reference is cited within the paragraph you are quoting from, right after you use quotation marks, for example: \”Knowledge is fundamental\” Hardy, 2002, pp. 23-45. b. When reporting the words of others in your own words, the reference is cited within the paragraph, for example: Hardy (2002) suggests that knowledge is essential. Or In his book The Importance of Knowledge, Hardy (2002) showed how knowledge is very important.
(2) In the reference list at the end of your submitted work. Refer to the instructions for creating a reference list at the end of section (7) below
7- Your first draft MUST INCLUDE ALL of the following sections:
A. Title H. Research Methodology
B. Table of Contents I. Ethical Consideration (Only if you are collecting
C. Abstract data from participants. Not required for all topics.)
D. Introduction J. Limitations of the study
E. Literature review K. Expected Results
F. Significance of Research
G. Research Question
H. Research Methodology
I. Ethical Consideration (Only if you are collecting tract data from participants. Not required for all topics.)
J. Limitations of the study
K. Expected Results
M. Appendix (Only if needed. See below.)
L. Reference list: Please note that every reference you use should be cited twice: a. within the text of your proposal (e.g. in the literature review section). You can refer to section number 6 above for more details on in-text citation. b. in the reference list (i.e. at the end of your proposal) as explained below: Use correct citation of references as in the following example:
In your text, you took information from a book called \”The Importance of Knowledge\” written by an
author called Alex Hardy in the year 2002, and published by the publisher Penguin Books in the city of New York. To properly add this work to your reference list, you need to format it as follows: Hardy, A. (2002). The Importance of Knowledge. New York: Penguin Books. References should be organized alphabetically.
You can use this site to make citation easier for you: https://www.citethisforme.com/cite/book
Here is a guide how to cite websites in your references: https://www.easybib.com/reference/guide/apa/website
Note: Some research proposals might also need to include the following section:
M. Appendix Here you include the questionnaires, interview questions tests, translated texts… etc. or any other tools and extra data you use in your research.