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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.

Assignments

Library Research Hunt (Quiz)

General Guidelines: The aim of this assignment is to familiarize you with some of the resources available in the library, and, by extension, to help you identify the kinds of materials you will encounter as an English major. In doing so, you should feel free to consult with librarians. However, you are not to ask them to do the work for you. In other words, you need to do the preliminary legwork before approaching the library staff. This means you will need to tell the librarians where you have already searched & what you have found so far.  All resources may be found using library resources, either through the online catalog & databases or by serendipitous browsing.  Only one question requires the use of the Internet, therefore it is the only time you may cite a resource from the Internet. 

Take a picture or scan the resource to show where you have found the answer.  When you submit your assignment, provide a shareable link from Google docs containing the pictures.  For an example, look at the page scans for your citation assignments.  Remember you cannot use a flash for items in Special Collections.

If you pull a book from the shelf to answer one of the questions below be sure to place on the re-shelving carts when you are done.  Please do not check them out as others in the class may be looking for the same resource.

Due Date: Beginning of class on Wednesday, March 22 @ 2pm. Email your completed assignment with a subject of “Last Name_Research Hunt.”  Also, label your doc in the same form.

Formatting: You will submit your answers & citations in a MS Word document (no PDF’s). Answer the questions, then provide a Works Cited list. Since the document will be at least 2 pages, you will need to format using correct MLA 8th ed. Style (use double-space, headers, page numbers, etc & no using the tab key for hanging indent). 

***Remember you have the class research guide, citation guides, MLA Style Center Online, etc. to help you format***

Click for the Library Research Hunt


Presentation About Your Portfolio Assignment & Essay (Spring 2019)

Each student will prepare a brief presentation with a visual component (PowerPoint, Prezi, Google Slides, Adobe Spark) using your Portfolio & Reflective Essay Assignment, while also including concrete examples of how you navigated the information landscape in EN 3414.

State which text you are using for the final paper & what aspect of the text you are focusing on.

  1. What did you learn about the library, research strategies, or skills you did not know before.
  2. How did this help with your final paper?
  3. Provide three examples of how the library lab has helped you with your final paper.

Remember to use proper MLA 8th Ed. citations for resources used in your presentation.  Additionally, your presentation should include images of your learning process with proper MLA citation (even if you are the creator).  You can consult the MLA 8th Ed. Image Use & Citation Guide as well as the slides I have used for the class lessons.

Presentation Requirements:

  • Each presentation should be no more than 5 minutes (4 min of presentation + 1 min for questions & answers).  
  • Include 6 or more slides
  • Use at least 3 images
  • Correct Spelling & Grammar
  • Correct MLA 8th Ed Style & Works Cited (including image captions) 
  • Business Casual Attire

Presentation Rubric

 

All presentations must be submitted as a shareable link or file by the start of Dr. Claggett's class, Tuesday April 9.

  • Send links/attachments to CKennedy@library.msstate.edu with the file/link name "Last Name_EN 3414 Presentation."
  • For Google Slides: go to "SHARE," set link sharing to "Anyone with the link can view," copy link, and paste in an email.
  • For Microsoft Powerpoint: send slides as an attachment in an email.
  • For Prezi: click "Share," then copy and send a link via email.
  • Adobe Spark: click "publish & share" and copy link.  Send this link via email

Presentation Tips:

Digital Media Center: Presentation Development & Delivery

 

 

Presentation Tools

Below are examples of different presentations using various open source tools.  All of these applications have free versions (although some will provide you the option to "upgrade" for a fee), but you will have to create an account to use them.