This course focuses on research methodology and essay writing skills for projects in literature/culture and linguistics. For this reason it is divided into two parts of a six-week duration each. The themes and topics the students will be invited to work and research on draw on the survey courses in English and American Literature and Culture as well as on the compulsory Linguistics courses taught in the second year of their undergraduate studies.
Some of the skills to be practiced and acquired as part of the course are:
a) the use of Mendeley,
b) types of MLA and APA scholarly papers,
c) MLA and APA citations and essay formatting,
d) the structure of a literature/culture- and linguistics-themed essay,
e) exercising the skills of paraphrasing, direct quoting, annotating,
f) avoiding plagiarism,
g) thinking critically.