The CRIM 496A research proposal requires that you follow a particular format. This includes the following elements: A Title for your research proposal. The title should be succinct and identify your project in simple and accessible language. Introduction - your research proposal should have a paragraph introduction to the topic. The introduction should explain what the topic is about and why it is important. Hypothesis - a statement that explains or suggests an answer to your research question, but is at this stage based on limited evidence and that you will test through your research. Definitions - what technical terms must be defined at this stage in order to understand your research proposal and the topic it will examine. For example, if you are going to analyze the "school to prison pipeline" then this would be a term you would define here. Research Plan - you will provide an approximately two-paragraph long description of how you will research this topic. This may include the types of sources you intend to utilize, the various fields within Criminology that you will need to explore, etc. Anticipated Conclusion(s) - at this stage, what do you think will be the result of the research once you have examined the sources? Reference List - include any sources you have used for the proposal in Chicago Manual of Style author-date format. Initial Research Resources - if you have also found sources relevant to your study, but that did not inform your proposal, you should include them here. Your proposal should be 1.5-2 pages in length but will vary depending on the number of sources you have found thus far, how many terms you need to define, etc. It must be submitted online through Moodle. Submissions should be in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1.5 line spacing. References should appear in Chicago style with a full reference list at the end. Include a cover page with your name, the class, and the total word count.