Research Plan

Preparing a Research Plan

Your research plan represents three different types of tasks. First, you will introduce your field of interest and your topic. What questions have emerged in your thinking on the topic? What is the central question you might seek to answer in your research? Of course, your topic and questions remain fluid at this point. Only after having both researched and written on your topic can you commit more seriously to a central question.

Second, your research plan will identify sources. Are there available sources to meet your evidentiary burden in answering the question you pose? Where are those sources, and how will you access them? How will you approach them in your work?

Third, your research plan will address your own strategies moving forward. How will you organize your time? How have you divided your research into smaller, more manageable steps? What timeline have you established for yourself to complete those steps?