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English Capstone: Day 3

Welcome to day 3!

At this point, you're almost all set up for the research aspect of your capstone. In the home stretch of our last day together, we'll focus on using the citation manager, Endnote.

We'll end the day with a semi-formal question and answer session. Don't hesitate to ask questions! If you're unsure about something related to research, chances are someone else is too!

Day 1 and 2 Review

On day 1 we:

  • Understanding the nonlinear process of research
  • Organizational tools and practices that will help you with Capstone and beyond
  • Deconstructing your topic into research questions and search terms
  • MLA Bibliography and how to translate your searches into "database-ese"

Day 2 was less task-oriented and more focused on the arts of understanding

  • The nature of scholarly conversation
  • Evaluating scholarly sources
  • Reading and engaging with scholarly sources

What is Endnote?

Endnote Web is an online tool that helps you:

  • Track papers you've read and group them by topic or assignment
  • Share citations with others
  • Create bibliograpies and easily cite in Microsoft Word

Click the image above, or use this link to visit Endnote Web and sign up for a free account


Hi There! This libguide is designed to accompany the three classes that you will have in the library on January 29th, February 3rd and February 5th. These sessions will help you prepare for your topic narrative. Hopefully these sessions will also help you practice the skills you will need to successfully complete your capstone.

Please don't hesitate to contact your professors, or librarians with questions, comments, or concerns!

Topic Narrative                     DUE: Tuesday, Feb 10th

The topic narrative should be a four-page essay that offers an explanation of the topic you would like to pursue and the texts and authors you will focus on. Your essay must accomplish the following tasks with as much specificity as possible:

  • Give a description of your envisioned topic by focusing on ONE primary text and author. You can also refer to other texts and authors you might consider that explore similar ideas.
  • Describe how the preliminary research you have done convinces you that yours is a viable project. Your preliminary research should be done at least in part by searching the MLA data base through the library. This is THE primary data base for peer-reviewed articles and books in literary studies. What is the conversation out there? How will you join it? You will be bringing in further research developed during the library sessions.
  • Discuss some of the questions that will fuel your research.
  • Describe some possibilities for the creative component of your project and discuss its relationship to the critical component.
  • Identify what you will need to do to get going on your project.  What is the first thing you will do?  And then what?  What items are already on your reading list for this topic?
  • Include a bibliography with sources you envision using. Properly cite all sources that you reference in your topic narrative.

Bring a printed copy to class. We will discuss your narratives in class as a group.

Subject Guide

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Eloise Stevens
McGill 107