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How to write a good proposal for an academic essay

When you are writing an academic essay you may be required to submit a proposal. Today the proposal is becoming a more and more popular requirement. It is a chance for you to get your topic and your research approved before you get into the bulk of the writing and research. The proposal should be a page or two explaining what your research paper or academic essay is going to prove. It might be a requirement for your assignment before you submit the outline or it may be a requirement as part of your complete draft. In any case it should cover what information you plan on presenting and what sources you have already found available. You will need to prove to the reader or professor that you have found enough preliminary research to prove that there is plenty more out there and that your particular thesis can be supported.

It is important to note that during the proposal you are not required to find all of the research you plan to use as evidence in your paper. You are also not confined to only the content you present. You just need to show that there is adequate information out there and that you have a broad list of sources already in mind. If you continue your research after your proposal has been approved and you find new sources you are welcome to use those either in lieu of the sources that were in your proposal or in conjunction with those sources. If you have any questions about the format of your particular proposal for an academic essay it is best to talk to your professor or advisor.

If you are struggling to think of a topic for your next paper take some time to consider the list below and see if anything stands out. Consider the list below:

  • You can write about the manner in which gunpowder changed warfare
  • You can write about the manner in which Wal Mart chains have influenced for better or for worse local economies and whether they are causing more harm than good
  • You can write about the reasons why cats and dogs were originally domesticated
  • You can write about what facts historians have related to ninjas
  • You can write about how the music industry has changed thanks to the internet and to digital downloads

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