Prepare an annotated draft reference list identifying the specific scholarly research literature sources (i.e., books periodicals, or online sources) that you propose including in your research proposal for your future independent study project.

 

Your annotated draft reference list will comply with the following general formatting requirements:

 

  • Reference list entries will be formatted per the requirements sections 6.22 through 6.32 and Chapter 7 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition.

 

  • Typed using a 12-point Times New Roman or Courier font
  • Double-spaced throughout entire paper
  • Use a 1=1/2 inch margin on the right side of each page and 1 inch margins on the top, bottom and left sides of each page

 

Page header will include your name and the date of submission.

 

You shall prepare and submit a draft reference list identifying the specific scholarly research literature sources (i.e., books, periodicals, or online sources) that you propose including in your draft research proposal for your future independent study project.

 

“Scholarly sources” refers to literature that is based upon recognized research methodologies that included the study of published prior research studies, as well as the work of recognized leading authors within a given field of study.  In contrast, non-scholarly literature is based primarily upon the opinions, conjecture, presumptions, and speculation of the author(s).

 

The number and type of references cited in a given research proposal is largely dependent on the topic being researched and the depth and rigor with which it has been researched.  A well-researched proposal includes relevant citations from a variety of scholarly sources, including books, periodicals, and Internet sources.  The number, type, quality, and relevance of the references cited in a proposal are a direct reflection of the level of scholarly effort the author has invested in the preliminary research and analysis of his or her selected topic.

 

Your goal should be to produce a scholarly proposal that demonstrates your selected topic has been researched and analyzed with the depth and rigor that is characteristic of quality graduate level research.  For the purposes of the course, your draft reference list shall include a minimum of ten (10) scholarly research literature sources, which shall include a minimum of:

 

Your draft reference list shall include a brief written summary (i.e., an annotation) outlining the key data, information, or findings, as they relate to your selected organizational problem, presented in each scholarly research literature source included in your draft reference list. 

 

The summary for each literature source shall be expected to be approximately one to two paragraphs in length.  The information contained in your reference summaries shall eventually become part of the Literature Review section of your draft research proposal.