The purpose of the Research Assignment is to take you deeper into the text, to expose you to scholarly work, and to give you a fuller understanding of the reading.
1) Select one of these texts: Gilgamesh, Lysistrata, Mahabharata, or the Analects of Confucius.
Find three articles about the text we are covering in class, the author, and/or the time period/relevant historical events that occurred during the time the text was written (The best way to quickly find the historical context is by reading the introductory notes for the author and text in the Longman Anthology). At least one of the articles must be literary criticism specific to the text. All three articles may be literary criticism specific to the text.
Since you are hoping to find academic sources, the best place to go is to the library’s collection of online databases. Consult the Bankier Library List of Databases. For literature, try Literary Reference Center, Literature Resource Center, and JSTOR.
You may also use Web sites that are .edu only. Limit a Google search result list by going to “Settings” and then clicking on “Advanced Search” and typing “.edu” next to where it says “site or domain.” Maximum credit will not be given for Web sites, and credit will not be given for Web sites that are not .edu.
2) Read the articles.
3) Written component: The written component includes three bibliographic citations for each of the three articles, annotation summaries underneath each bibliographic citation, and a response that connects the research to the reading for class. See below for details.
A. Bibliographic Citations: write a bibliographic citation in MLA format for each article.
See the MLA citation models below and follow them. Do not just provide URL addresses for the articles. * Most online databases will have a citation tool/cite this icon. Click on it and select MLA 8th edition. Copy and paste the bibliographic citation into your document.
Model for MLA bibliographic citation for an article found on a library’s online database:
Author’s last name, author’s first name. “Title of article.” Name of periodical, volume number, issue number, original publication date, original page numbers. Name of online database. Permanent URL—permalink, not the whole long URL, provide the DOI if available.
Model for MLA bibliographic citation for a Web site:
Author’s Last name, Author’s First name. “Article Title.” Web site name, Publisher, Date of Publication on the Web. URL. Access date.
Under each bibliographic citation, write a summary of the article. See B below.
B. Annotation paragraphs: write a summary of the major points. The summary should NOT be copied and pasted chunks from the article, which would be plagiarism. What are the main ideas of the article? Make sure to include a minimum of one quote from the article that you found interesting. After each quote, put a parenthetical citation with the article author’s last name and the page number.
Annotations should be about three paragraphs for each source. Annotations should be directly beneath the bibliographic citation for the source. (See student sample in the Canvas Major Assignments module)
C. Response: connect what you learned from the research article to the assigned reading. This is the analysis piece. It is an opportunity to make connections. How did the articles help you to understand the assigned text better? What parts of the text we read for class became more significant because of what you learned from the research articles? Include at least three specific parts from the assigned text we read for class that you understood better because of your research. Put a parenthetical citation after each quote that contains the text author’s last name (if available) and the page number the quote is found on (online sources may not have page numbers, that’s okay).
The response should be at least one page, typed and double-spaced.
Submit your completed assignment by the due date in Canvas. Turnitin.com may be used to check for plagiarism.
• Works Cited page with 3 academic sources: bibliographic citations in MLA format (30 points) and
substantive annotation paragraphs under each source (70 points)
• Response of enhanced understanding of the text we read for class including three specific references to textual examples (100 points)
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