Your Research Proposal should:
A review of the literature on your topic will help you do all three things effectively.
Purdue's guide to Writing a Literature Review
Clear: easily understood by your audience
Focused: narrow enough to allow you to address it in your assignment
Concise: expressed in the fewest possible words
Complex: Cannot be answered with yes or no. Is not a leading question
Open: open to research - should generate more questions
|Scholarly||Grey literature||Professional or trade journals|
Scholarly journal articles:
Scholarly books and book chapters
Professional or trade journals:
|Search for these in Google, Google Scholar or ERIC||Search for these resources using Library databases or Google|
|sample search: "early childhood" caregiver burnout||
youth trauma resilience canada type:pdf
indigenous culture youth site:childcarecanada.org
pandemic "early childhood" safety canada
Search article databases. If the article is not in the database, click on the "Find Full Text" link.
If you find an article that is relevant to your paper, you can use that article to find similar works.
Author - search for other articles by the same author(s). Most researchers tend to focus their research on similar topics.
Journal - browse or search within the same journal. Many journals have a very specific focus that might be relevant to your search. Look for special issues that publish multiple articles on the same topic.
You can see if the library has access to a specific journal here: Journals by title
Search the reference list at the end of an article - you can use the reference list at the end of an article to identify other research on your topic. But that approach will only allow you to find articles published before your article was written.
There are ways to identify related articles that have been published since your article was written.
Search for your article in the following databases or Google Scholar and use the 'Cited by' or 'Times cited' tools to identify newer articles on your topic.