Session 06: The Research Process

Summary: You signed up for an IELTS Speaking practice test on ZOOM, and reviewed your listening, reading, and writing tests. Then, I gave a short introduction to gathering research and taking notes for you upcoming academic essay writing. You get to upload your research notes into a shared Google Doc. Students take notes on paper, take a picture of it, and upload the notes in the document. We also carefully considered and followed the activities of Alex Essay Writing Tool, steps 1 -3. This writing tool is sponsored by the Royal Literacy Fund, a charity, and created by Dr. Anna Barker, the speaker in the videos.

A Writer’s Quote to Consider:

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” -Ray Bradbury

Alex Essay Writing Tool Step 01 -Before you begin

Alex Essay Writing Tool Step 02 – Your Essay

Alex Essay Writing Tool Step 03 – Brainstorming

Homework due by 4 PM on 10/19/2022 by taking photos of your notes and insert all the photos in your Google Document under the titles Research Article #1 in your shared Google document. Other students get to see your work and share it.

Instructions for Homework Content:

1. Researching and taking notes on one issue: Please, research the SAME research issue using 2 Internet, book, newspaper, or journal articles about a topic that you are passionate to write. There are five search engine links below with many materials and themes. Then take one to two pages of notes for each article using the keywords on the pages. Remember to write the author’s name(s), the date, and page or paragraph numbers if you use direct quotations. Try to summarize your work. Could you put the pictures of your notes in your shared Google Document under Research Article #1 and Research Article #2 in your shared file so I can edit your APA References?

2. Typing the APA reference of your research: As best you can, please try to type the American Psychological Association (APA) formatted references typed in the document above your notes for Research Articles #1 and #2?. There is an APA quick guide you can download below for you to view.

The details needed are:

Last name, initial. (20??). Title of the article. Publisher. https//:…..

Note-taking Sample on the Internet and Privacy Issues:

Buyon, N., Grothe, C., Slipowitz, A., & Vesteinsson, K. (2020). Freedom on the net 2020. Freedom House. https://freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/2020-10/10122020_FOTN2020_Complete_Report_FINAL.pdf 

Note-taking Sample on the Connections Between Child Labor and Poverty:

Unicef. (2021, October 9). Child labor. Unicef. https://www.unicef.org/protection/child-labour

Free Database Engines off Campus to collect research for your APA Paper: 

New! Zenbird Media: Topics & Issues: Do you often think about researching issues related to your local community, or Japan in general, but find the data in the Japanese language. Then, Zenbird Media is for you! They make a beautiful website for professors, so we can focus on giving students feedback rather than building websites.

Carrot 2 Carrot helps you find topics related to your search term. After entering the term you enter and then click on ‘search,’ you can choose to see the results as a list, treemap, or pie chart that helps you visualize your issue and narrow your search at the same time.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): DOAJ is a community designed and maintained online journal directory that provides you access to robust, open access, peer-reviewed journals. This search engine is independent, and it is free including being indexed in DOAJ. Please use this engine for topical issues and authors, and you might find research that provides evidential content for your academic essay. DOAJ is an educational outreach search engine that focusses on high-quality applications and submissions.

Google Scholar: Google scholar helps you do a broad or narrow search of articles. It also helps you cite your “references” for APA and “work cited” for MLA!

CORE Research Engine UK: This research search engine claims to be the largest open-access research database in the world giving free access to 1-This website is very informative and easy to understand, where you might find research on your issue from Professor Andy Barfield.


Learning About Global Issues: Specifically in relation to Chuo University Faculty of Law English courses, this website has been designed by Andy Barfield and his research team for supporting student research from 2014 in the Basic Research and Writing (English ‘C’)  and Introduction to Communication and Research (Listening and Speaking ‘P’ Level). More generally, his team hopes that this website is useful for students and other people in Japan (and in other countries) to develop our knowledge and critical understanding of different global issues. Thank you, Andy!

A Very Quick Guide to APA Referencing

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