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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. 

Classroom Rules:

  • Turn off or mute your cell phone during class.

Participation & Assignments:  You will have a participation grade every week.  You will have three graded assignments for the semester.  For your participation and graded assignments your answers must come from a library resource unless otherwise noted.  When using online resources, keep in mind Wikipedia, Cliff Notes, SparkNotes, blogs, etc. are not acceptable resources.  If you are unsure ask!

All assignments are due by the beginning of class – Not after or during class time (2pm.)

  • 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.
  • The participation grade will include finding an assigned type of resource each week, when you do not have another assignment.  You will need to find and submit a proper citation with picture/scan of the resource by email to me for 1 pt.  If we have time during class, you can find the resource due the next week and ask me questions about the citation.  The aim of these weekly citations is to familiarize you with the library, and, by extension, to help you identify the kinds of materials you will encounter as an English major.
    • I will look at them and highlight anything wrong in the citation.  You can then fix the citation and re-submit for an additional 1 point, equaling 2 points.
    • There is an example of what you need to turn in on the ‘Assignments’ tab for the class research guide.

There will be three graded assignments for this class.  These grades will be added into your overall percentage for quizzes.

  • MLA Works Cited - assignment based on provided scanned resources. 12 pts
  • Research and Recovery - assignment in which you will answer questions and create a works cited list using the research skills you learned this semester. The research will mostly be done in-class on two different days.  You will need to complete the Works Cited on your own.  22 pts + 2 pts bonus
  • Digital Humanities Project – using items from special collections and approved online digital libraries, you will create an online presentation in groups.  Your group will then present your project to the class. Your total grade for the project includes a peer review for your individual grade. 25 pts (project 12 pts + peer evaluation average 12 pts + 1 pt for completing the peer eval form)

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 with your Special Collections/ Digital Humanities assignment.  The consultations will be set up by appointment in class and email for Special Collections.  While you may still find help from a librarian any time you need assistance, these meetings will help you focus your research for these specific assignments.