English 2013 - Research Methods

Welcome to English 2013

Class Time: Mon & Wed 2:30

Class Location: GMH 205

This course is intended to provide you with the skills necessary to conduct research appropriate for the discipline of English literature. In particular, we will examine the reasons why we conduct research; the kinds of research that you can undertake; how to incorporate another’s research into your own work; and how to present your work in a specific format (the MLA, 7th edition). The seventh edition is out of print, but you can probably find it online.

Among other things, we will look at:

  • Why we conduct research
  • What constitutes valid research material
  • Plagiarism & how to avoid it
  • Determining the credibility of source material
  • Primary & secondary sources
  • Databases & Database searching
  • The literature review, and how to conduct one
  • An overview of various critical approaches – historical, biographical, Marxist, feminist, etc.
  • Persuasive writing using research material
  • Summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting
  • MLA formatting
  • The annotated bibliography, and how to write one