Research Journal Guidelines

The Research Journal

Research is a critical part of college writing, but it is also just a really great way to learn more and be able to think about things from new perspectives. The research journal asks you to do the following:

  • Briefly summarize the main points of a single piece of research you may include in your Somewhere I Belong project. This might be a newspaper article, a scholarly journal (check the StJ library databases), a credible website, a documentary, or any number of primary and secondary sources. If you aren’t sure if it is appropriate, ask.
  • Why is this piece credible?
  • Critique the piece: How well was it written? Is the argument convincing? Is anything missing?
  • Is the piece useful to your research? How and why? Or why not? If the piece is not useful for your purposes, what are the purposes for which it would be useful?
  • Use MLA style citations

The complete journal should be 250+ words, posted to your blog.

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is a great place to find more information about writing research papers and using MLA style citations.

Also, I have no problem with you using citation generators, such as, but please do use them to learn how to do it on your own, and don’t simply copy and paste without double-checking or matching the format to your own paper.


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