This course aims to instruct students in the basics of literary research and scholarly writing. Students are familiarized with the basic principles of writing about literary and/or cultural texts, researching a topic, and writing a research paper through a workshop-style lesson held once a week, with mandatory class attendance. They are also required to attend a compulsory library seminar on using electronic sources. Particular emphasis will be given to class discussion and in-class exercises, as well as regular one-on-one discussions of each studentís work during office hours throughout the term. Students will be expected to submit two formal written assignments, one short and one long paper (with greater weight given to the long paper) and to present outlines and drafts of their research papers during meetings with the instructor. The research papers are on literary or cultural topics, the first on a set text and the second on a topic of the studentís choice (subject to the instructorís approval). Students are assessed on the basis of their research papers, as well as on their participation in class discussions and tasks. Scheduling and meeting deadlines is a key parameter of the course. The course also guides students to proper academic research conduct by placing emphasis on the importance of avoiding plagiarism. There is no final exam for this course.