Research Journal


many due dates throughout the semester. See below for the dates for each part of the project. These dates are also on the daily schedule.


100 points total, 20 points for each journal entry (10% of the final grade)

If an entry is late two points will be deducted for each day past the due date


  • a series of private (available only to me and your peer review group) research journal blogs/discussions created in Canvas
  • a total of 5 journal entries—one a every other week for ten weeks (see below for dates)


During the course of the semester you will write bi-weekly entries detailing the research you have done during that span on your chosen blog and long-form webtext projects. The objective for this project is to help you foster a new approach to research, one that is not tied to a specific project or deadline but one that assumes research as a continual, daily part of a writer’s life. For example, if you are blogging about Italian cooking then you must think of yourself as a food writer and spend a significant part of your time researching the history of  and current trends in Italian cuisine.


Every other week you must consume (read, view, listen to) at least two sources on your chosen topic. There are no strict requirements for the types of sources you can use. The types of sources you consume will depend upon your topic. For example, if you are writing about Italian cooking as in the above example, your sources might lean toward cookbooks, cooking blogs, TV shows, and magazines. There will be relatively few academic sources on this topic, with the exception of the history of Italian cooking. If you are writing on something like personal finance, you are likely to have a mix of academic and popular sources—journal articles from the academic field of finance, books written for a popular audience by personal finance experts, and online and print magazine and newspaper articles. If you are writing about something like cancer research, you will have plenty of academic research articles to choose from and you should do so. Your choice of sources will also depend on your audience, purpose, and context. If you are writing on personal finance and your purpose is to review popular press advice on retirement investments, then you will need to have more sources from magazines, newspapers, TV news programs, and websites. The TL;DR version: you must be able to justify your choice of sources based on your topic and your statement of purpose (audience, purpose, and context).

Every other week you will write a 500-750 word  journal entry on the sources you consumed that week. You should briefly summarize each source, explain why you chose it and what you learned from it, and ultimately if you found it useful and will use it in a blog post or your long-form webtext—explain your reasons for using (or not using) the source.

individual due dates

Entry 1: Tuesday, 2/20

Entry 2: Tuesday, 3/6

Entry 3: Tuesday, 3/27

Entry 4: Tuesday, 4/10

Entry 5: Tuesday, 4/24


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