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Engaged Learning: Proposal Phase

Putting the Pieces Together

Librarians are trained to help you explore and define your research topic.
Ask Your Librarian to assist you in identifying a research area.

Take Time to Make Time

"A stitch, in time, saves nine." Yes, you've probably heard this saying before. But have you really thought about it? It means that a little work now prevents a lot of work from being necessary later. In other words, if you repair a small hole, then it won't become a big one.

In much the same way, planning your research project carefully can streamline your process so that you can work smarter rather than harder.

  • Create a checklist of all that you need to accomplish. Make sure to include all aspects of the proposal materials, including the funding form and reflection exercises.  Don't forget that your mentor will need to read and respond to your drafts on multiple occasions, and be respectful of her/his time.
  • Estimate how long it will take to accomplish each task and double it. (If you're an optimist, triple it.)
  • Look at the due date for your proposal and plan backward to assign yourself dates for completing each task on your list.
  • Be diligent and disciplined in preparing your proposal, and you will complete everything well and in a timely fashion.

Advice - Choosing a Topic

More Advice

Start with the end in mind when working on your proposal.

Know and clearly state:
* What you want to accomplish.
* What purpose it serves.
* How you will to reach this goal.

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