Class 03: Discussing your Research and Narrowing Your Research Focus

Criterion -Online Writing Evaluation Log In


You spoke about their research, and I assisted the students about how to reference their sources. Then, we discussed the research process and how to start making research questions and notes. I also gave individual suggestions to you on how you might narrow down your focus. Before the discussions, I explained how you could narrow down your research focus even further in preparation for your homework due.

Additionally, in pairs, you discussed your research, while your pair asked questions and comments using my original Ii Ii Ii feedback system:

Interesting! Why? 

I want to know more, because.....

I don't understand. Could you run this by me again?

Finally, you narrowed your focus of your research through the document "How to find a research issues that can produce a successful academic paper."

Homework due on Tuesday 12/08/2020 at 5 PM :

1. Please please search for one more Internet, book, newspaper, or journal articles about the research you conducted in the previous class. Then take one to two pages of notes for the article using the keywords only on the pages with the paragraph (par. ?) numbers and quotation marks when you do not summarize. Could you please take pictures of your notes and put them in an MS Word document attached below? And also type the title, author's name, publisher, and the published date in the document. Then, I can help you format your MLA Work Cited.

Note-taking Sample on a Right to an Education:


Note-taking Sample on Age Discrimination:

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

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:-This website is very informative and easy to understand, where you might find research on your issue from Professor Andy Barfield:

Global Issues Resources -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 (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!

2. Do some Criterion writing practice essays: Here is the TOEFL Writing Practice 1. Please follow the instructions as best you can with a time limit of thirty minutes. It is beneficial if you are in a quiet room without distractions and have a stable internet connection.  You will try this writing five times during this quarter for 10% of your grade. Half of the class is finished, way to go! 
Stacey Vye,
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