Session 09: The APA Academic Essay -More Note taking on the Solutions and/or Recommendations

Summary:  We reviewed what to do this session, and focused on some APA formatting guidance. Then, you discussed notes #4 for your academic essay and facilitated with your APA references. Lastly, we discussed the homework note-taking #5 and #6 about the solutions to your issue for the next class. 

A Writer’s Quote to Consider:

“Notes are like Velcro. As you try to skim them, they ensnare you, and pretty soon you can’t see the story from the details. The story is not in my notes. The story is in my head.”

–Jane Harrigan, Professor of Journalism at the University of New Hampshire


Alex Essay Writing Tool Step 07: Close reading

Alex Essay Writing Tool Step 08: Give your material order

Homework due by 7 PM on 10/30/2023 via taking photos of your notes and insert all the photos in your Google Document under the title Research Articles #5 and #6 in your shared Google document.

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 six 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 #6 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 #5 and #6? 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: 

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.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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