Journal Entries

Some important notes:

  • You will each compile a research journal individually.
  • Each of you will find five (5) sources that are not duplicated within the group.
  • Each source will have its own entry in the form of a Source Review.
  • Each entry should be approximately 500 words. Be as detailed as possible when you draft these, as you will not want to have to re-read the article because you do not have enough information to compose the Source Review.
  • Journal entries will be gathered throughout the course of this project as hard copies submitted in class
  • Research Journal (individual entries with reflective overview) is due March 7th at the beginning of class, as a hard copy in a folder

Each journal entry must include the following:

Reflective for Journal

The last piece you will write for your journal is a reflective overview of what insights you have gained through the research process. The piece will be about 750-1000 words. This reflection should serve as a guideline for incorporating your research into your argument essay; however, this piece is not evaluative. You do not need to argue for a specific grade on the journal, but you do need to demonstrate an understanding of your research process. The reflective will address:

  • A summary of how all the sources related or provided background for your research project.
    • For example, you might explain what different or similar theories have been proposed about your topic.
  • What article, or part of an article, was the most interesting to you? What fascinating information did you learn?
  • What were the challenges you faced during this research process? How did you overcome these challenges?
  • What steps you took in finding your information.

Nuts and Bolts

MLA Format and all that MLA formatting entails. My advice to you is to format this from the get go. You can use a citation generator and place the text in the box for annotations, but always double check your entries for consistency and accuracy. Refer to the OWL for details and examples.