Session 07: The APA Academic Essay -Gathering Research

Summary: First, we settled in and continued to work on the Academic Essay Writing Survey (attached) to make sure you knew more about the key concepts and terms. To help visualize the terms, you also viewed a final draft of an APA paper a former student wrote after five drafts with my feedback. We also carefully considered and followed the activities of Alex Essay Writing Tool, steps 4 -6.

Then, you got into groups and pairs and discussed the homework that you took notes on about your issue that you will write a paper. When the other student speaks about their issue, I reminded you to keep on asking questions. Lastly, we discussed the homework a second time for the next class. 

A Writer’s Quote to Consider:

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

-Steven King

Alex Essay Writing Tool Step 04 – Parts of your essay

Alex Essay Writing Tool Step 05 – Now you can read

Alex Essay Writing Tool Step 06 – Balance

Homework due by 4 PM on 05/10/2023 by taking photos of your notes and insert all the photos in your Google Document under the titles Research Article #3 (on the same issue to write your paper) in your shared Google document. Other students get to see your work and share it. These articles should be general information or wide reads with notes.

If your Articles #1 and #2 on your wide reads were too short, could you please add more notes as much as you can?

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 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 #3 in your shared file so I can edit your APA References that?

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 Article #3. There is an APA quick guide you can download below for you to view.

Attachments for Class and Homework:

Finding Research: Successful Paper

Sample Student APA Essay



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

Note-taking Sample on Racism and Discrimination:

Levine Einstein, K, Glick, D., Palmer, M., & Lusk, K. (2018, September). Mayoral views on racism and discrimination. Boston University. 

Note-taking Sample on the Educational Crisis:

The World Bank. (2019). The education crisis: Being in school is not the same as learning.

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!

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