This semester, YOU are going to experience what it is like to be a medievalist and, while doing so, really explore the research processand how it works within the field of English Studies.
Thus, I hereby dub you a Medievalist for a Semester!
"The Accolade" (1901) -- Edmund Blair Leighton
"The Accolade" (1901) -- Edmund Blair Leighton

Note: The amount of work assigned for each checkpoint is based on the understanding that the work will NOT be completed all in one day or in one sitting. The work should be spread throughout the ample time between checkpoints.

*Do not wait to complete checkpoints. Get ahead and STAY ahead!*

Assignment Outcomes
While each checkpoint has its own specific learning outcomes, the following are overall outcomes for this assignment.
Students will be able to:
  • identify, articulate, and define a research question or thesis statement that is appropriately focused in scope;
  • identify the resources, support staff, and information available through the university library;
  • assess critically the authority, quality, currency (if applicable), and relevance of sources;
  • narrow and refine research search strategies;
  • use all information in its intended context and with appropriate attribution and consistent citation , as per MLA style;
  • quote, paraphrase, and summarize content from sources effectively, particularly in the form of an Annotated Bibliography; and
  • articulate the benefits of a research working group.

Relevant Course Outcomes
Students will be able to:
  • recognize and articulate the characteristics and transmission history of a variety of literary traditions in different time periods and locations;
  • read works of literature closely and thoroughly;
  • engage with the detailed research process and apply information literacy skills effectively in a variety of contexts and analyze the value of scholarly sources and demonstrate this analysis through annotation, reflection, and its use as evidence in written and oral communication; and
  • develop and support insights effectively through written and oral communication, particularly via essay and public wiki.

See each Checkpoint for requirements. The Medievalist for a Semester assignment as a whole is 50% of the overall course grade.

All work must adhere to the Writing Expectations.

Research Groups
Research Tips from Previous Class
Abstract and Argument Tips from Previous Class (Checkpoint 4)