research proposal: background & references (aka the literature review)
"Include information about recent progress in the field of the research and the relationship to the work in the field generally.” (Background)
"Include a list of fully specified key references (at least four, but not more than 10), with the most important or relevant ones first." (References)
As part of the research proposal process, you will generally conduct a research literature review of material relevant to your topic and develop a list of references.
This guide was designed to walk you through the steps of the literature review.
why conduct a literature review?
For several reasons:
- To give your readers background information about your own research
- To show that you understand and are familiar with the work that's been done in your field
- To explain how your work contributes to growing the field