Writing up a research proposal is the required first step for many academic studies.
This is the formal way of clarifying your own ideas and convincing a superviser that you know what you are doing.
Your university library system should provide you with a login that may give you free access to articles you would normally have to pay for through these databases.
Use the search feature in the academic database to search only for studies published in peer-reviewed journals.
Or point out that a qualitative study was conducted using one subject, but your focus is a quantitative study using a much larger population sample.
Convince your reader that your study will fill a void in the research that already exists.
Discuss and present your research question and how the answer you discover will fill in another piece of the puzzle in your field.
Whether you have clearly defined your research question or not, begin your search using academic databases such as JSTOR, EBSCOhost, or ERIC.
When you start the proposal, you will probably have only a general idea of what your research topic will be.
The research proposal helps define the problem statement so that it provides a manageable topic on which to collect data in the available time. The first is a literature review, which this chapter considers.