The Concept Paper - What Is A Concept Paper? (a 1-page...

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What Is A Concept Paper? (a 1-page outline) by Jim Spickard All research projects need a concept paper: a short summary that tells the reader what the project is, why it is important, and how it will be carried out. Even if no one else ever reads it, the concept paper helps a researcher spot holes in her or his project that might later prove fatal. It is far better to be clear at the beginning than to put in a lot of effort for naught! Typically, a concept paper contains these elements: 1. A clear description of the research topic, including a summary of what is already known about that topic. 2. A one-sentence statement of the research question that the project will seek to answer. (This is almost always something that is not known.) The concept paper should connect this question to the existing literature -- something that almost always takes more than one sentence to accomplish. 3. A demonstration of why it is important to answer this research question. What good comes of this answer? Why is this project worth anybody's time?
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course ENGLISH 10 taught by Professor Deocampo during the Spring '11 term at University of the Philippines Diliman.

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