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1. Plan your Research: Writing Your Proposal

A guide for starting your research at University of Canterbury

ebooks on proposal writing

Books on writing your research proposal

Research proposals

There is no fixed formula for writing a proposal.  Your challenge is to convince members of the research community that you

  • have identified a problem that can be clarified by your research 
  • have a theoretical background and a methodical approach to solve the problem
  • have a realistic time frame and reasonable expenses budgeted for 
  • will be adding some new information to research debates on your topic

Consult your advisor on length, layout (typeface, line spacing, font, etc.), format, as well as a table of contents and page numbers. 

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