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Research Topics

Library Guide

Citing Sources

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Weekly Schedules

English 127
Research Writing

This page gives a broad overview of the materials we will cover during the quarter.  Detailed reading and writing assignments as well as explanations are available under separate pages for each week.  The links to the individual pages for each week will become activated as we go along.  Note that there may be some shifts in the due dates of assignments and the schedule for topics covered, but this page gives you the "big picture."  For major assignments, please follow the Format Instructions.

All assignments are due by 11:59 p.m. on the day listed.   Don't panic if you are a few minutes, or even if you are a few hours late once or twice!  

Important Course Handouts
Research Topics (be thinking about these early)
Social Science Disciplines
Format Instructions 
See Questions page for other handouts

Citing/Documenting Sources
APA Format

GRC Writing Center
RLC 173
Mon, Thu, Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue, Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Holman Library Class Guide


Week 1 (Sep 24 - 28)
Introduction & Course Procedures
Textbooks: The Craft of Research (CR) and Rereading America (RA)
Week 2 (Oct 1 - 5)
Quotation and Paraphrase 
From Topics to Research Questions
Brainstorming Research Topics
Beginning Library and Internet Research Sources: Finding Information & Articles
Week 3 (Oct 8 - 12)
Background Essay guidelines
Preliminary Topic Selection
Historical Background
Statistics, Debates & Disagreements
American Psychological Association Citation Style


Week 4 (Oct 15 - 19)
10/16 Background Essay Draft Due
10/17 Peer Review of Background Essay
10/19 Final Draft Due of Background Essay
Week 5 (Oct 22 - 26)
Literature Review Guidelines
From Questions to a Research Problem
More Secondary Research
Engaging Sources
Annotated Bibliography
Identifying Debates
Week 6 (Oct 29 - Nov 2)
Academic Arguments
Arguments: Claims 
Arguments: Reasons & Evidence
Arguments: Acknowledgments & Responses
Primary Research Methods


Week 7 (Nov 5 - 9)
11/6 Literature Review Draft Due
11/7 Peer Review of Literature Review
11/9 Final Draft Due of Literature Review  


Week 8 (Nov 12 - 16)
11/12 Veteran's Day Holiday
Arguments: Warrants
The Ethics and Politics of Research

Composition Process
11/16 Last day for official withdrawal or to submit pass/non-credit petition to Enrollment Services (EnrollmentServices@greenriver.edu)
Weeks 9-10 (Nov 19 - 30) 
Partial Drafts Due of sections of the Final Research Article (in Forum)
Composition Process cont'd
11/22-11/23 Thanksgiving Holiday

Weeks 11-12 (Dec 3 - Dec 13) 
Final Research Article Draft Due
12/5 Peer
Review of Final Research Article
Revising Organization, Argument, Style
12/7 Final Draft Due of Final Research  Article
12/11 Course & Self-Assessment Due