Economics Research Paper Proposal Assignment: You need to decide on a topic to research for your term paper. The topic can cover anything that you want as long as you can explain why it is relevant to economics. Think about the following when brainstorming your topic: 1. Previous knowledge 2. Course content 3. Personal or professional experiences/interests Use one of the following brainstorming strategies to come up with your research topic: list, map, or freewrite on a separate sheet of paper. Now, go online and survey sources. 1. Read abstracts, headings and subheadings. 2. Make note of charts, statistics and graphs. 3. Read the reference lists. 4. Read introductory and summary paragraphs. 5. Skim body. Find 3 reliable sources and cite them in MLA style. Under each source, you must briefly explain why the source is reliable, and how you can use it in your paper. This should help you to FOCUS your topic. Examples: Topic: Technology and consumerism Focused topic: the way television impacted consumerism within the nuclear family from the mid-50s to the early 60s. Topic: Environmental issue connected to global warming Focused topic: coal fires Your brainstorming method, 3 sources, and focused topic will be due on Friday, April 6. On that day, you will be getting the rest of the requirements for your paper, including a schedule of the research process. This assignment is worth 50 points and will be a part of your final paper grade. Students who do not turn this assignment on time will receive a phone call home and will need to attend GSH the week of April 8.