Direct Citation Example

This can be used as an example for the ENG 1002 Poetry essay or Research essay.

Topic sentence of body paragraph. 1-3 sentences that set-up or build the paragraph’s claim. Slate Magazine makes the claim “The great drawback to becoming a celebrated voice of a generation is that it encourages writers to believe that whatever idle thoughts drift through their minds … are automatically of interest (Smith, Jones, and Pond). While those in previous generations were taught that children should be seen, not heard, the up and coming Generation X has generally been encouraged for individual opinions.

Things to note about this example:

  1. The parenthetical documentation formatting of this source tells readers this article includes an author name (and the page number of the citation, when known–often this is not known on Internet source). On the Works Cited page, this entry would begin with the last name of the first author mentioned.
  2. The use of the introductory signal phrase as well as the continued reference back to the source while including additional information helps show readers when the paraphrase begins and where it ends as well as what source provided the info/idea.
  3. The explanation or context provided by you the student is nearly as long as the paraphrase citation, making your voice be just as strong (or stronger) than the voice of the citation. 

And here’s a link to transitional language post if you’re looking for ways to provide more transition within and between your paragraphs.

Commonly Used Library Databases

Depending on the ENG 1002 learning module you’re working in, you’ll need to use one or more library database articles for your formal essay assignment. Here are the most commonly used library database resources:

Remember that you’ll need to log into the library site if you’re not using a campus computer. When you reach the log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your purple student number + 01, and then enter your last name.

Example Paraphrase/Summary Citation

This can be used as an example for the ENG 1002 Poetry essay or Research essay.

Topic sentence of body paragraph. 1-3 sentences that set-up or build the paragraph’s claim. According to an article from The Atlantic gender expectations can be established as early as toddler years. Researchers have seen children as young as two years choosing gendered toys when given the option. The article also makes the claim that children brought up in gender neutral environments do not show a marked difference in their choice of toys (“Kids, Gender, and The Complexity of Social Gender Norms”). It is easy to claim that parents are responsible for teaching a young girl to like pink or dolls or a young boy to like blue and trucks; however, the evidence it showing that parents can make all the effort at home to provide a neutral environment with little impact. Until the outside social exposure that children receive via television, grocery stores, day care providers, and the like becomes less gendered, there is little lasting impact parents will have. 

Things to note about this example:

  1. The parenthetical documentation formatting of this source tells readers this article does not have a given author. On the Works Cited page, this entry would begin with the “Article Title.”
  2. The use of the introductory signal phrase as well as the continued reference back to the source while including additional information helps show readers when the paraphrase begins and where it ends as well as what source provided the info/idea.
  3. The explanation or context provided by you the student is nearly as long as the paraphrase citation, making your voice be just as strong (or stronger) than the voice of the citation. 

And here’s a link to transitional language post if you’re looking for ways to provide more transition within and between your paragraphs.

Research Essay Grade

In my ENG 1002 course, the Research Paper essay is worth 40% of your final grade. However, please note this important point from my syllabus policy:

The college requires that students who earn a failing grade on the Research Paper in ENG 1002: English Composition II cannot earn a final grade of C or higher in the class. If you receive a D or F on your Research Paper, you will be required to receive the final grade of a D or F in the course regardless of your earned running grade.

If you find yourself struggling with your research essay at any point during your writing process, please notify me so we can work together to improve your process, get you in contact with  useful IVCC  resources, or prepare a plan for an Incomplete in the course.

ENG 1002 Online Library Session

On April 17 we will have an electronic library research session using Zoom, a Skype/Face Time-like program that will allow you and the IVCC librarian to video conference via as a class. This session will offer you resources, research techniques, and general advice about college-level research expectations and IVCC’s library database options.

The session will take place online via Zoom webcam conference on Monday, April 17 from 9:55-10:40 AM. Most students in this class are enrolled through LaMoille; if you are not and this time will not work for you, please contact me and I’ll email you a link that you can view retroactively.

This is the first semester my online ENG 1002 will offer a session like this, so I’m trying to think ahead and get you guys ready well beforehand. Please do the following by Wed., April 12 so we can give the library team time to re-think or re-organize things if this initial plan doesn’t work.

  1. Set-up zoom on your school laptop via this link or speak with your English instructor about getting it added to a school computer. Email or message me ASAP if this doesn’t appear to be an option.
  2. Create a Noodle Tools account via this link–use the left-hand side sign-up NOT THE Google one since IVCC does not subcribe via Google. If you are prompted, please use ivcc as the school/library name and ivcclib as as the school/library password.
  3. On April 17, please be logged in and ready with Zoom by 9:50 AM; the session will begin promptly at 9:55 AM.

Cross your fingers and email/message me by Wed., April 12 with problems, questions, or concerns; if by Thursday this week I’ve heard from no-one, I’ll assume things are going well.