Workshop_03 The MLA Academic Essay -Refining Research

MLA Style Center

Summary: First, we reviewed the MLA Works Cited formatting with the notes taken. Then, you described the notes that was researched. Finally, we analyzed the future structure of your essay, wide reading and close reading, and how to select articles to achieve a balance of research.


Quick Guide to Citing in MLA 9th Edition

MLA 9th Quick Guide

“Research is creating new knowledge.”

~ Neil Armstrong

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

Note-taking Sample A on the Death Penalty and COVID-19

Amnesty International, “Death Penalty 2020: Despite Covid-19, Some Countries

Ruthlessly Pursued Death Sentences and Executions.” Amnesty International, 20

04 2021,


MLA Note-taking Sample B on Freedom of Speech:

Miklaszewska, Justyna. “Freedom of Speech in Modern Political Culture.” Avant: Journal

of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard 10, 77-88, 30 June 2019, pp. 77-88,


Homework due on 12/16/2023, by 6 pm via taking photos of your notes and insert the photos in the Google document for Article #3 (and please finish notes #1 and #2).

Instructions for Homework Content:

1. Please, research the SAME research issue using one Internet, book, newspaper, or journal articles about a topic that you are passionate to write that is article #3. 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. Please type your MLA Work Cited so I can edit them.

Article #4 should focus on the causes or effects of your issue.

Free Database Engines off Campus to collect research for your MLA 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.

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!

CORE Research Engine UK: This research search engine claims to be the largest open-access research database in the world giving free access.

Learning About Global IssuesSpecifically 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!

Yippy gives you lists of related issues to the left. For example, if you search for ‘poverty’, then Yippy can also find information on poverty + children, poverty + hunger, poverty law, extreme poverty, and other related issues.

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.

2. An option to do Write & Improve practice essay:

Five improved essays are due by 01/31/2024 You can choose the essays and the time of writing freely, but write and improve on no more than one essay each week.

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