Science and technology rapidly advances; therefore, "old "stuff," other than as background information, can be misleading and lead to wrong conclusions.
Look for possible topics and background information in specialized encyclopedias, such as Mc Graw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, Magill's Survey of Science: Life Science Series, Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology, American Medical Association Encyclopedia of Medicine.
Out of the 15 possible sources you found for your proposal, you should end up with 7 to 10 VARIED (NOT all Internet sites, for example) sources - including professional journal articles and professional publications, Internet sources, and possibly (but not required) an interview.
It is a balancing act to find sources that you can understand - that relate to your level of study in your discipline, and, at the same time, challenge you intellectually.
If you can't find sufficient sources you may have to rethink your subject.
If you are taking a course in your major this semester, you can research a topic for that course (with my permission and the other professor's.) See me about the submission form.If you are interested in the topic you will probably write a better paper.] My thesis: [ The thesis is generally a sentence or two, which comes after the introductory material and states the main point/s in your paper. If your subject is fertility treatments, for example, your thesis might be "The high number of multiple births is forcing society to examine the ethical issues that are caused by fertility drugs and invitro fertilization. Do you think that inserting anecdotal evidence, for example, high profile stories of people who have had multiple births, as in the case above, will help your reader understand your paper? Will you discuss the plusses and minuses of different platforms that perform similar functions? Let me know where you think you are headed.] Intended audience: [Your readers should not be specialists in your field.] Approach to the subject of my paper: [Try to envision a logical way in which to present your material. Assume that your readers have, in general, your level of education, but are not necessarily majoring in the same subject.Before you write your research paper proposal [See the format below.], read this information.Then review the Research Paper Assignment to be sure you are gathering the correct number and kind of sources.Internet sources can be used if they are from credible sites such as the National Institute of Health, The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).See a list of Internet resources by discipline ( and do your own searches for other resources.] Tentative List of References: [You should have at least Fifteen (15) separate sources listed in the proper APA format.You can save it as an html file and/or text file and insert your text.Date: To: Professor Virginia Montecino From: [name and email address] Subject of my paper: [The subject is the broad topic] My Major and why writing about this topic will be beneficial to me: [If you are not vested in your topic, chances are your incentive to write about the subject will be weak. Perhaps you will be using a number of these approaches in your paper.Your paper must be your original work, fitting the guidelines in your research paper assignment. Those have been done ad nauseum and will only bore me to death. Please do not jeopardize your college career or your grade in this class by using papers that are not written by you.] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [ The information between the brackets [ ] is to guide you.Here is a proposal template ( without the explanations.