Dr. Morillo

Honors 202 Representing Animals

Research Paper Proposal


3 pages total as follows:

2 pages double-spaced text. 1 page preliminary Works Cited Bibliography of at least 6 items. (see below for MLA format guide)


Due in class, Monday, October 23



Choose any particular question you have found interesting, and that you wish to know more about, concerning animals and how they are represented. You may choose any of our writers represented on the syllabus, or you may choose a new work by one of those writers that letís you pursue your idea in newer territory, or you may choose a new work from the list on the syllabus or of your own choice.


The proposal itself, as a short text has to do two main things: it has to tell us clearly what you wish to explore and why. It has to indicate what resources will be helpful to answer the question(s) with some scholarly authority beyond your own wits.  Much of the latter is done via a bibliography (called a Works Cited in MLA format), but also part is done by talking about any key sources in the text of the proposal. Take up to 2 pages for the statement of question & interest, a page for the bibliography/projected works cited.

You may pick any topics long as the question is intellectually illuminating and interesting, and it is focused on something germane to understanding how animals are depicted in texts.


You must be selective and not try to do too much. If you want to compare texts you might now consider which key ideas appear in them and how they overlap.

You can build on what you learned from the first paper but donít simply replicate it. The idea now is to synthesize more information and choose the topic independently.


Although the final paper that grows out of the proposal may seem long so some of you, consider that in a ten-page paper you can typically only make and defend one good claim well. This does not mean it is a simple idea, but that the idea is unified and coherent.


Works Cited Page:

Alphabetize all the entries.

Follow MLA ed. 8 rules for citation. If you need to cite a work in the text of the proposal use the simple (author page) in MLA.