Writing a Proposal or Prospectus

Writing a Proposal or a Prospectus

History 200 Fall 2020

Introduce your topic (1 -3 paragraphs)

  • What is your big topic?

  • What question are you asking?

  • Refine you question

  • Pose new questions

What does the literature say? (2 – 3 paragraphs)

Building on the above, who are the major scholars on this topic?

  • What have other historians said?

  • Where do you fit into the debate?

Go to the databases mentioned here.

Use the library resources

How are you going to do the research? (1 – 2 paragraphs)

  • What archives exist?

  • How will you access them?

  • How will you organize your research?

Conclusion (1 paragraph)

  • What will your paper prove? This should agree with the introduction