Session 08: The APA Academic Essay -Gathering Research

Summary:  We reviewed what to do this session, and focused on some APA formatting guidance. Then, you discussed the research about your issue for the academic essay. I reminded you to keep on asking questions. Lastly, we discussed the homework a second time for the next class. We also carefully considered and followed the activities of Alex Essay Writing Tool, steps 7 – 8 to focus on your close reading.

A Writer’s Quote to Consider:

“Writing is really a way of thinking — not just feeling, but thinking about disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or plain sweet.”

-Toni Morrison

Alex Essay Writing Tool Step 07: Close reading

Alex Essay Writing Tool Step 08: Give your material order

Homework due by 7 PM on 10/25/2023 via taking photos of your notes and insert all the photos in your Google Document under the titles Research Article #4 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 1 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 about 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.

Then, could you put the pictures of your notes in your shared Google Document under Research Article #4 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 Article #4? There are two APA quick guides you can download below for you to view.

The details needed are:

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

Attachments for Class and Homework:

Finding Research: Successful Paper


Sample Student APA Essay



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

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.However, please do not use Wikipedia.

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: 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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