Workshop 02: The APA Academic Essay -Gathering Research
Summary: In both Workshop 01 & 02, collaboratively, we together made sure you know more about the steps of the research process, the key terms of academic writing, narrowing down a research topic, finding reliable and solid research material, and taking useful notes.
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
Homework due by 4 PM on 04/19/2023 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 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 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 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. 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:
Shahbaz, A., & Funk, A. (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:
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, tree map, or pie chart that helps you visualize your issue and narrow your search at the same time.
CORE Research Engine UK: This research search engine claims to be the largest open-access research database in the world giving free access. This website is very informative and easy to understand, where you might find research on your issue.
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 focuses 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!
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. 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!
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.
2. An option to write a Write & Improve
Five improved essays are due by 06/05/2023. You can choose the essays and the time of writing freely, but write and improve on no more than one essay each week by improving your score to the next level. For example, if you first score a B2, then try to see if you can reach the next level of C1.