Methods and Materials of Research – WRIT 402

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An introduction to the research and bibliographic methods necessary for successful creative writing.


ENGL 101


As Christian writers, we bear a particular obligation to research, read, and write well so that the ideas and interpretations we advance, whether specifically religious or secular, will bring credit to our faith and our Father. In-depth research into a variety of types of primary and secondary source material allows the student to gain credibility as a writer by gaining a fuller understanding of the historical, theoretical, and critical implications of a text. Jointly, practice in bibliography, interviewing, and other common forms of information gathering and usage will equip the student to process ideas thoughtfully and communicate them clearly within his or her writing.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Conduct in-depth textual research, using a variety of types of sources, in order to inform a creative text.
  2. Critically evaluate secondary sources appropriate to the student’s chosen field of interest.
  3. Describe and evaluate the contexts and significance of primary sources.
  4. Produce higher-level writing, including logic and proper handling of sources, and follow the conventions of citations appropriate to the genre in which the student is writing.
  5. Analyze and discuss research, writing, and vocation within the context of a Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for Discussion Board Forums 1 and 3. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words. For Discussion Board Forum 2, the student will upload his/her project proposal. Then, the student will write a 500-word review of one of his/her classmates' proposals, followed by a 200-word response the review a classmate posts on the student’s thread.

Creative Writing Research Project: Proposal

The student will write a 2-page proposal that explains the topic choice, source types, and planned research methodology for the Creative Writing Research Project. The student will submit his or her proposal via Blackboard to the instructor for approval. The student must cite 2–3 sources both in-text and in a reference page/works cited/bibliography.

Annotated Bibliography

Using the documentation style most commonly used in the chosen field, the student will correctly cite at least 10 sources that may be used in the Creative Writing Research Project. Each citation must be followed by a summary and evaluation of at least 200 words.

Research Quick Guide

The student will create a 1–2-page, user-friendly guide to the basics of source selection, evaluation, and use in the student’s chosen genre. The student will be required to submit a list of citations for resources used in the creation of his or her research guide.

Creative Writing Research Project: Final Product

The student will write an 8–11-page work of creative fiction or non-fiction that benefits from the research the student has performed throughout the project. At least 8 sources must be used, and they must be cited according to the conventions of the genre and format.

Essay Quiz

The quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for Module/Week 2. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5 essay questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. Each essay must be at least 200 words.