This post provides information about accessing the IVCC electronic research databases specific to the Fiction Essay assignment in my ENG 1002 course. Students are only allowed to use this type of secondary source for the Fiction Essay assignment. Additionally, you’ll find information for adding the appropriate prefix to an article link so you’re able to access it again while off campus.
Library Access: log-in directions
STEP 1: once at the library website and depending on your needs, click on the library database link or the library NoodleTools link. Here is the IVCC Library YouTube tutorial for additional information.
STEP 2: when you are redirected to the “log in” screen, type in 24611 + your (purple) student number + 01 and enter your last name in the required fields. Contact me for this information if you’re uncertain of your student ID number.
STEP 3: hit enter.
NOTE: if you run into roadblocks at any point in the process, be sure you allow pop-ups from IVCC’s library website and have given the database page any necessary permissions via your anti-virus program. If that doesn’t help, switch web browsers; for example, use Chrome instead of Firefox or Internet Explorer instead.
This list is for ENG 1001, ENG 1002, and ENG 0900 students. It’s a compilation of many of the MLA citation and documentation resources posts to my website. You can also search my website for things like “works cited page,” the name of your essay assignment (“poetry essay” for example), citation sandwich formatting, or something of the like to see what posts show.
Citation and Documentation Resources
ENG 1001: English Composition I Resources
Citation Sandwich Expectations (how to incorporate citation into your essay body paragraphs)
Direct Quote Citation Example
Example Paraphrase Citation
Works Cited Page
Combining clauses (complete thoughts) can be confusing, and it’s, no doubt, something that scares most students. Okay, it’s something that scares all of us, and something the best of us get wrong from time to time. Here’s a list of commonly used punctuation scenarios as well as some additional resources listed throughout and at after the list. Many of these are simplified for example, but I’ve provided more detailed examples as supplemental resources as well.
- Complete thought + comma conjunction + complete thought.
- I want to travel to Europe, and I want to see the Louvre.
- List of conjunctions: FANBOYS: For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So
- Complete thought + semicolon + transitional word + comma + complete thought.
- I want to travel to Europe; in fact, I want to see the Louvre.
Examples of transitional words/adverbial conjunctions: also, besides, instead, therefore, nonetheless, furthermore, for instance, likewise, in addition, for example, however, otherwise
- Complete thought + semicolon + complete thought.
- I want to travel to Europe; I want to see the Louvre.
This is for the 2017 Pilot Program. I have enrolled the following classes for competition: ENG 1002; ENG 1001-10; ENG 0900-01; ENG 0900-04. Here are the details as I understand them; provide din ENG 1002 “storytelling” terms:
The premise: a campus wide competition between 18-20 classes (some are still signing up).
The hero/heroine: you guys as a class!!
The antagonistic forces: the other classes; procrastination; motivation
- You will receive email direction and more detail once you complete STEP 1 directions below.
- Student scores should be updated in Blackboard by Friday morning each week. On Friday afternoon each week the class leaderboard will be posted on the library’s digital monitor by the cyber cafe.
- The deadline: student deadline for completion is November 21, 2017. The program is designed for students to complete the activities on their own time throughout the semester, so the earlier they start, the better they will do in class and in the game.
The aftermath (what you and we win):
- Class prize: Each class is competing for a class prize. With the winning instructor’s permission and designation of a class period near the end of the semester, the Student Life Space and its gaming equipment will be reserved for the entire class period and refreshments will be served. The type of refreshment may vary depending on the time of day the winning class meets. A tiebreak is yet to be determined, but likely some sort of final class challenge.
- Individual prize: based on highest points achieved. The tiebreak will be the first completer with the highest points. If the student owns a vehicle the prize includes a gas card and a service at the IVCC automotive department. If the student uses public transportation the prize includes a pass to the transportation system and a gift card to the cafeteria.
STEP 1 Directions:
log into your student email account
and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with “Join Score BIG” in the subject line. Include your K#, name, and which class/section in the email. Wh
en you are enrolled in the Blackboard for Score BIG you will get an email response giving them instructions. Just for accomplishing the sign-up step from your IVCC email account you will get your first 5 point. Visit this link
or the Learning Commons if you have trouble accessing your student email account.
For most students, being tasked with a research essay is always a daunting and scary task. Research can be tricky if you’re new to the expectation, so please be sure to use the resources I’m providing and reach out for assistance when needed.
NOTE: students who use these resources spend much less time worrying about, generally freaking out about, or completely redoing research, even though the video feels like a time commitment. Every semester I read student reflections about their research essays that mention they should have spent more time using the provided resources; some of them even discover them a few days before the essay due date and end up reworking their entire paper as a result.
This can be used as an example for my ENG 1001 and ENG 1002 essays. And while I’ll be specifically grading for citation sandwiches, sandwiching your evidence within your body paragraphs in the way I’ve outlined below will bring a couple key things to your academic writing:
- Academic Authority: providing appropriate signal phrases and explanation will show readers that you’re using credible and relevant sources that fit within the context of your argument.
- Organization: preparing readers for what is coming with a topic sentence, signal phrase, and helping them see the connections that you’ve just made with your citation examples and wrap-up sentences will help them understand the content that you’re providing them. It’s like a little mini 5-paragraph essay within your body paragraphs.
- Grading: while my grading expectations include citation sandwich formatting specifically, I’ve simply named a common grading expectation the “citation sandwich” to make things more clear for students. Additionally, most IVCC English instructors use the department grading guidelines that looks for strong organization, thesis, and support within student writing, something use of citation sandwiches will generally provide your essay.
When writing a literary analysis, many students focus heavily on their chosen interpretation of the literary work(s), their unique thesis, and/or finding and using appropriate sources to support their arguments. And that is absolutely what they should be doing.
However, because those are big tasks and students are almost always taking at least one other course and working at the same time (some are even raising children, working full time, running businesses, or dealing with big family or personal health concerns), it’s very easy to overlook the tiny details that professors expect into a college-level literary essay. Here’s a quick list that will help you stay in the grade range your argument deserves rather than lose you points due to the “important small stuff.”