Course Content (Syllabus)
This course introduces students to the principles and practices of advanced research and research-paper writing. It instructs students on how to research a topic in both printed and electronic sources, using various search engines and specialist data bases. It also teaches students how to handle bibliographic reference systems (such as that of the MLA), how to treat secondary sources critically, and how to determine a suitable theoretical perspective for their topic. Special attention will be paid to distinguishing one’s own voice in writing from the voice of the critics and how to locate and express original ideas.
Additional bibliography for study
The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.
Axelrod, Rise B., and Charles R. Cooper. Reading Critically, Writing Well.
Barnet & Stubb’s Practical Guide to Writing with Readings,7th ed.
Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research.
Fabb, Nigel, and Alan Durant. How to Write Essays, Dissertations & Theses in Literary Studies.
Muller, Gilbert H., and John A. Williams. Ways In: Approached to Reading and Writing about Literature and Film.
Watson, George. Writing a Thesis: A Guide to Long Essays and Dissertations.