Workshop_02: The MLA Academic Essay -Gathering Research

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Summary:  I introduced how you can be successful in this class including an introduction to Write & Improve online support for your writing. Let’s enjoy starting to research the local or global issue that you would like to write about.

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

-Anaïs Nin

AEW2b 2022 Short Syllabus

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Homework is due on 06/14/2023 by 7 PM Japan time by taking photos of your notes and insert the photos in the ‘Workshop_01’ section Google document provided in your Google MLA share file. Simple is best.

Instructions for Homework Content:

1. Please, research basic information on 1 Internet, book, newspaper, or journal article about a topic that you are passionate to write. ~It is fun to research what you would like to study, rather being told what you must study. Try to summarize your work. Could you take pictures of your notes and put in your shared Google Document under Research Article #1 in your shared file so I can edit your APA References?

Take notes on basic information of the issue you would like to study: Then, take about two pages of notes for each article for Articles #2 and #3 by 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 include your typed MLA Work Cited details next to your notes including the URL, so I can help you?

MLA Work Cited Sample and Note-Taking Sample:

Bradshaw, Samantha, and Philip N. Howard. “The Global Disinformation Disorder: 2019 Global Inventory of Organised

Social Media Manipulation.” Oxford, UK: Project on Computational Propaganda, February 2019, pp. i-23,

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 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 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.

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

Five improved essays are due by 07/31/2023. 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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