Paper 9: Final Problem-Solving Researched Proposal

A persuasive proposal addressed to a specific, named decision maker, stating a real problem in your workplace or community and offering a solution to the decision-maker, in at least 3500 but no more than 5000 words (for the aggregate “package”), including, in this order:

  1. Letter of Transmittal or Routing Slip to the decision maker via any intermediate review authorities
  2. Title Page (listing the decision maker’s name and title, the title of your proposal, your name and position, and the date)
  3. Executive Summary
  4. Table of Contents (listing every section and beginning page number)
  5. List of Illustrations (the illustration titles and page numbers where your illustrations appear)
  6. Introduction
  7. A series of Text sections separated by specific headings and including at least two integrated and sourced graphic aids (that is, incorporated on the same pages that discuss each) and in-text MLA format citations reporting at least eight external references..
  8. Conclusion(s)
  9. Recommendations – a series of step-by-step actions for the decision maker to take to implement your proposed solution
  10. A Works Cited Page (so titled) with at least eight references in MLA format (must follow MLA format guidelines and must consist of at least three different TYPES of sources – no more than three of any given type, except no more than two personal interviews). ALL references MUST be used in in-text MLA-style citations in the body of the report.  In-text citations contain the first word of the Works Cited entry and the page number, in parenthes.

Graphics MUST NOT be on stand-alone pages, only on the page with text that refers to them specifically.  NO “clip art” accepted; graphics must contribute something not explained by text alone.  Graphics created by you should be labeled (Author); those created by you from another source should be labeled:  (Author, derived from Jones 3).

At least THREE different types of sources must be used (for example, newspapers, magazines, internet, interviews, books, journals). No more than three of any type other than interviews may count toward the eight required and no more than TWO interviews may count (more of any kind of reference can be used, if necessary – they just don’t count toward the eight total).

“Internet” sources are references found ONLY on the Internet; a newspaper article obtained from the paper’s website counts as a newspaper article, not as an Internet reference. Works Cited Internet sources MUST include the section title, the home page title, the author (if available), and the date of your access, the date of publication, in addition to the URL (in the order specified by the MLA guidelines).


PAGINATION:  Neither the Letter of Transmittal (or Routing Slip) or Title page contain page numbers.  The Executive Summary through the List of Illustrations are lower case Roman numerals.  The first page of the report is not numbered.  Page two of the report through the end of the document are labeled with Arabic numerals.  Location on the page is up to the writer but should be consistent.  If the pagination feature of your word processor proves too troublesome, simply insert the page numbers manually (followed by a hard page return to assure their appearing where they should).


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