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EN 3414 Critical Writing and Research for Literary Studies

This guide serves as the "syllabus" for the library component of the English 3414 course.

Class Rules


Attendance is mandatory, and each absence could result in a lowering of your grade. It is your responsibility to check in with the instructor and make sure you are marked present each week.  If you know that you will miss a class session, it is your responsibility to arrange for a make-up assignment before the expected absence.  Absences will be marked as unexcused, unless you speak with the instructor.  I will evaluate these on a case-by-case- basis (i.e. death in the family, sickness without documentation, or unforeseen emergencies).  Your attendance will be reported to your professor. 

  • Fall Break is Oct 10 - 11.  You are expected to attend class on Wed., Oct. 9.

‚ÄčClassroom Rules:

  • All drinks must have a lid! Place all trash in the bins.
  • Turn off or mute your cell phone during class.
  • You are encouraged to bring your laptop if you have one.  If you do not, you may use the computers in the lab.
    • DO NOT text, surf the Web, or play games on an electronic device unless the in-class activities call for it. 


You will have three graded assignments and a participation grade every week.  The participation grade will include a different resource each week you will need to find and submit a proper citation with picture/scan of the resource by email to me.

  • All assignments are due by the beginning of class.  Late assignments will only be accepted if you speak with me by the day it is due, before class.  Otherwise, you will receive a zero for the assignment.  Like absences, they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis under the same circumstances.

Librarian Consultations:

To help you with your projects and research you will be required to meet once with the instructor and once with the archivists.   You will meet with the Instructor towards the end of the semester to help with your final paper.  The archivists will help you with your Special Collections/ Digital Humanities Assignment.  The consultations will be set up by appointment in class.  You may still find help from librarians at any time you need assistance, these meetings will help you focus your research for these specific assignments.