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RHET 310 Proposal Memo (Elliot)

Penny's Tips and Tricks for Identifying a Business Problem for your Proposal Memo!

Having a hard time figuring out a topic? Here are some tips that may help:

  1. Think about something you’ve read about in the news recently! Many things can be made “businessy.” 

  2. Consider your major. Is there an aspect of your major that pairs well with business issues? 

  3. Browse some topics to get your mind thinking. Try looking at some of the databases in the Choosing a Topic box below.

  4. Talk to people! Sometimes just talking helps you figure out ideas or topics you'd like to explore. What challenges do they face at work? What challenges do YOU face at work?

  5. Do a quick Google search to see what's happening. Try a broad search like: hospitality industry challenges, or be more specific!

  6. Scan headlines on Yahoo! Finance, Google Finance, Bloomberg Businessweek, or other business news web sites. Just scanning headlines can give you ideas!

Most important: If you are not sure of a topic, or have an idea and are not sure how to make it into a proposal memo, talk to your professor or to your librarian! We can help!

Choosing and Researching a Topic

Citing Your Sources

Whenever you do research, you will need to cite the information sources that you use. Most business scholars use APA style. Here are some tools that can help you with this task:


Gleeson Library's guide to citations: How? Why? When? 


Getting Help!

There are several ways to obtain assistance with your research. Read on!

You have your very own librarian! She is Penny Scott, and you can contact her for help. 

Her contact information is: email: * phone: 415-422-5389

It is best to  email ahead, or make an appointment, to make sure she is available! Appointments are available virtually via Zoom, or in person, and are great for groups or individuals. If you don't see a time that works for you, email Penny. 

If Penny is not available, or any time you need help, you can always get help, just Ask a Librarian!

You can also take a look at our Research Guides on many topics!

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