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• '''Topical areas''': Where does your project fit into the field of American politics? For
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• '''Topic areas''': Where does your project fit into the field of American politics? For
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foreign relations.”

• '''Research Question''': Specifically, what are you studying? This should be one to two
sentences. You want your question to be narrowly tailored and concise.
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foreign relations.” You need at least three topics here.

• '''Research Question''': What do the Democrats, Republicans, and Trump Administration think about (insert your specific subject here)?
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• '''Expected Findings: What do you expect to find? Why? This should be about a
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'''Sources: Tell me what you’ll be using to research this topic. For each source provide
a sentence or two as to why you are using that source. For example, you might say:'''
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• '''Expected Findings''': What do you expect to find? Why? This should be about a
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'''Sources''': Tell me what you’ll be using to research this topic. For each source provide
a sentence or two as to why you are using that source. For example, you might say:
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• Expected Findings: What do you expect to find? Why? This should be about a
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• Sources: Tell me what you’ll be using to research this topic. For each source provide
a sentence or two as to why you are using that source. For example, you might say:
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'''Expected Findings: What do you expect to find? Why? This should be about a
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'''Sources: Tell me what you’ll be using to research this topic. For each source provide
a sentence or two as to why you are using that source. For example, you might say:'''
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• Your group name and the names of all members.
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• Your name.
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below). Your outline must contain the following bold headings:

• Title: Give your project a tentative title, it can change later if you wish. It should be
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Your outline must contain the following bold headings:'''+'

'''Title''': Give your project a tentative title, it can change later if you wish. It should be
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• Importance: Simply put, why should we care about your project? To continue with
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'''Importance''': Simply put, why should we care about your project? To continue with
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• Rough Outline: Give me some sense for how you’ll organize your paper. This isn’t
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'''Rough Outline''': Give me some sense for how you’ll organize your paper. This isn’t
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and each section can have multiple paragraphs as need be. Ultimately, the final paper
(not the proposal) will be in the 4-6 page range. The more detail you can give me
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and each section can have multiple paragraphs as need be.

Ultimately, the final paper (not the proposal) will be in the 4-6 page range. The more detail you can give me
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most guidance and where you feel you need the most help. For instance, I’d like to see
something that looks like this:
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most guidance and where you feel you need the most help.

For instance, I’d like to see something that looks like this:
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'''Due Thursday, February 28th as an electronic copy, submitted to TurnItIn (on Blackboard) before 9:30 a.m. and as a hard copy to your Seminar professor at the beginning of your Seminar class
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'''Due Thursday, February 28th as an electronic copy, submitted to TurnItIn (on Blackboard) before 9:30 a.m. and as a hard copy to your Seminar professor at the beginning of your Seminar class'''
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!! Outline

'''Due Thursday, February 28th as an electronic copy, submitted to TurnItIn (on Blackboard) before 9:30 a.m. and as a hard copy to your Seminar professor at the beginning of your Seminar class

* Please provide me with citations and sources (at least three). Give me a one or two sentence
summary for the article/book/etc justifying why you will be using it.

Your proposal should be written in outline form using bullet points (there is an example
below). Your outline must contain the following bold headings:

• Title: Give your project a tentative title, it can change later if you wish. It should be
descriptive of what your project is about.

• Topical areas: Where does your project fit into the field of American politics? For
instance, a study examining trade deals might be “economics, tax reform, job creation,
foreign relations.”

• Research Question: Specifically, what are you studying? This should be one to two
sentences. You want your question to be narrowly tailored and concise.

• Importance: Simply put, why should we care about your project? To continue with
the example from above you might note that the economy impacts us all and if taxes
are lowered it might mean some government service will need to be cut. This should
be a short (four to five sentences) paragraph.

• Rough Outline: Give me some sense for how you’ll organize your paper. This isn’t
set in stone; but I would like to see some evidence that you have thought about how
to organize your paper I expect the paper to have at least two major sections (think
of the classic five paragraph essay, but substitute the word “section” for “paragraph”)
and each section can have multiple paragraphs as need be. Ultimately, the final paper
(not the proposal) will be in the 4-6 page range. The more detail you can give me
here the better as it will allow me to give you better feedback. Please point out things
which are unclear to you in the outline, that way I know where I should provide the
most guidance and where you feel you need the most help. For instance, I’d like to see
something that looks like this:

– Trump’s plan to withdraw from NAFTA (Trump 2017; NY Times: Trump Mulls
Pulling Out of NAFTA March 8, 2017).

∗ Details of the proposal (Smith, Wall Street Journal, 2017 )

∗ The Democratic Senate leadership’s response (Jones, Chicago Tribune, 2017 )

∗ Major auto-makers opposed to plan (Doe, CNN, 2017
And then use sub-bullet points to fill in the details between the lines.

• Expected Findings: What do you expect to find? Why? This should be about a
paragraph or two.

• Sources: Tell me what you’ll be using to research this topic. For each source provide
a sentence or two as to why you are using that source. For example, you might say:

– Nicholson, Chris and Paul Collins. 2008. “The Solicitor General’s Amicus Curiae
Strategies in the Supreme Court.” American Politics Research. 36: 382-415. —
This article examines the success of government lawyers. We hope it might show
us why some attorneys are more successful than others.

Please include at least three sources other than materials on the syllabus. Refer to
your notes from the library tutorial. But also, feel free to ask the reference librarians
at Bell Library for help.

'''Please remember: You need to use reputable national newspapers.'''

These include: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Salt Lake Tribuen, Boston Globe.

These '''do not''' include The Huffington Post, Breitbart, Infowars, Occupy Democrats, the Caller-Times, or local media sources (those are often compiled from national sources anyways).

Please note anything from the opinion
section does not count (e.g. the NY Times Opinion page is not an acceptable source).

Television based outlets, such as CNN or Fox, do not count either.

If you have any
questions about whether a source is okay, please just ask.

There is a particular format we are looking for in this proposal: Namely, all papers must:

• Have page numbers.

• Your group name and the names of all members.

• Turned in to Turnitin.com before class (9:30 a.m.) and a hard copy handed to your Seminar professor by the beginning of Seminar