Term Paper Proposals

Now that we are in Mod 2, written work is going to be directed towards a larger term paper. I generally require formal proposals to ensure that everyone is on the same page and is fully prepared to do the work necessary to write a good paper.

Proposals should state the research questions, the method, and attempt to place the inquiry into a larger intellectual framework. That larger framework means that you will consult other scholarly sources on your topic in addition to the textbook(s). Proposals should be 250-500 words, and they should append an annotated bibliography of at least 3 scholarly works to get you started (creative project proposals will require at least 2 scholarly works in the bibliography). This means that you should, at a minimum, skim the source you find and briefly explain how it will help you write a good paper.

In class, some of you asked about the best scholarly resources. I have placed a number of books on reserve in the library. There are also additional book-length studies that might be useful to you, depending on topic, that are available through UBorrow. In addition to JSTOR, Project MUSE, and Google Scholar, the best place to consult journal articles on music and film are in the following databases (all available through the “Databases” tab on the NCF Library website):

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Music Index

International Index of Music Periodicals

These three journals specifically address music and film and might be worth browsing online:

Music, Sound, and the Moving Image (via Project MUSE)

Music and the Moving Image (via JSTOR and EBSCOhost)

Journal of Film Music (available through ILLiad)

Proposals are to be emailed as a PDF by 11:59PM on November 1st. Please feel free to make an appointment to meet and discuss your ideas.


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