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This guide has been created to assist you in preparation of your capstone research proposal. The next few pages discuss how to develop a research focus and question, how to narrow that focus into one that is manageable and precise, how to conduct a proper literature review and how to design your research project and methodology to achieve success in this class.
Part of this process is developing an annotated bibliography and literature review as you begin to study your research question. This guide will provide information that you can refer back to as you work through this process and you can always feel free to reach out to a librarian for assistance.
The American Sociological Association (ASA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the discipline and profession of sociology. Today, most of its members work in academia, while around 20 percent of them work in government, business, or non-profit organizations.
ASA publishes ten academic journals and magazines, along with four section journals. Among these publications, the American Sociological Review is perhaps the best known, while the newest is an open-access journal titled Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. Contexts is one of their magazines, designed to share the study of sociology with other disciplines as well as the public.