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Research proposal in IT field

A. Introduction
In short, this section is your explanation of what your essay is about, including your initial take on this issue. This is also where you must establish that this is a problem relevant to the current state of your field and/or an issue of current debate.

B. Statement of the Problem
Describe the general topic and the situation, question, or controversy you'll address
Convince the reader that it is important and interesting
Establish that this is a problem or current issue in your field

C. Purpose and Approach
By the end of this section, your reader should be clear about your research question or the hypothesis that you're testing.
Describe the kind of recommendation or argument that you currently plan to make: what change needs to be made? why? by whom?
Identify at least one probable audience for your essay and explain why they are an appropriate audience/how your argument is relevant to them. You'll also need to discuss how this/these audience(s) might shape your paper.

D. Sources:
Briefly discuss the evidence that has led you to advocate for this particular change in your field.
Describe the comprehensiveness and/or reliability of any sources you may already be using, including those that you used to determine that this is an appropriate, currently relevant issue in your field. You may also briefly discuss the evidence that led you to address this issue/advocate for this particular change in your field if you need to go beyond what was covered in your introduction.
Discuss the kinds of sources that you intend to use for this essay and explain what types of information or evidence you intend to collect.

E. Limitations
You can't do it all in one paper, so your reader must understand the limits of your investigation
Briefly list what you won't address in your project and why.
What problems may remain unsolved even after your research & recommendations?
What might need to be addressed in future investigations?

F. Conclusion
This is the final "sell" of your project. Make sure you pull together your proposal and re-emphasize its importance without over-stating the issue.
Remind your reader of the importance, relevance and benefits of your project.
Indicate your awareness of feasibility issues and concerns?including the difficulties you might face, the changes you may need to make, and the possible research/information limits?and your determined (yet still realistic) plan for coping.
Indicate your openness to questions and make your reader aware of particular suggestions you hope to receive.

Appendix (on new page):
Identify your expert interview and the date of interview. Include a list of 7 questions that you intend to ask your interviewee.


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Proposal to investigate the Legal and Ethical Issues an entrepreneur faces when starting a business focused on User Generated Content and best Practices that can be adopted from the industry to avoid such issues


The world is a buzz with user generated contents right from the social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Youtube, up to professional websites which have increasingly incorporated a user comments platform concerning a wide variety of issues. User Generated Content (UGC) in essence implies participatory media where users of a website are able to add their own contents in the website and share with other people. In such websites, the users are the ones that define the contents of what they add with the popularity that such UGC are awash with most companies are incorporating within their websites UGCs trying to develop revenue models with which to milk these potential busting markets.

Although these UGC websites increase the value of a website and are inherently valuable and of critical significance for some companies in meeting their business objectives, they also have the potential of raising a myriad of legal and ethical issues as witnessed by recent Google's YouTube legal woes for distribution of Viacom's copyrighted materials without the permission of Viacom (Member Speed, 2011). Though The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has some provisions that protect websites from liabilities as a result of user generated contents if the website follows given statutory requirements (Lastowska, 2008), those who intend to start businesses focused on User Generated Content need to be able understand the possible legal and ethical issues that would be encountered, the specific law provisions that would protect them and the industry best practices in order to reduce possibilities of litigations.

Statement of the problem:

The incorporation of UGC in most websites has brought with it a myriad of legal and ethical problems for various companies ...

Solution Summary

A research proposal in the IT field is examined.