Introduction to Documentation – ENGL 111

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/09/2020

Course Description

A documentation course on the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully format a research paper and document primary and secondary sources as required in a discipline.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


While this course does not fit into any degree program, it does provide valuable support for all majors. In this course, the student will be taught the reasons for the four main documentation formats (MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, and CSE), as well as the proper use of the one that is designated for his or her major.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Determine the proper documentation formats for specific disciplines.
  2. Summarize, paraphrase, quote, and cite the sources correctly.
  3. Identify plagiarism and apply necessary documentation to correct it.
  4. Apply the necessary steps to conduct effective research and evaluate sources and document them correctly.
  5. Integrate sources accurately and effectively using a specific documentation format.
  6. Write with clarity.
  7. Recognize standard usage in English grammar, word choice (diction), phraseology, and sentence structure.
  8. Apply knowledge of sentence structure to basic sentence editing and revision.

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.

Exercises (2)

The student will complete 2 Exercises in this course. Each exercise will cover some aspect of documentation (in-text citations, summaries, paraphrases, source evaluation, and source approval).

Annotated Bibliography

The student will complete an annotated bibliography in the proper writing style that contains at least 3 scholarly references. A summary of at least 300 words for each reference will also be required.

Rough Draft

The student will write a 3–4-page research-based essay in current APA, MLA, CMS/Turabian, or CSE format. The rough draft must include at least 3 scholarly references.

Final Research Essay

Based on feedback from peers and the course instructor, the student will make corrections to his or her draft and submit the final 3–4-page research-based essay in current APA, MLA, CMS, or CSE. The paper must include at least 3 scholarly references.

Reflection Discussion Forum

The student will write a 300-word initial thread on his or her chosen degree program and future career plan. The initial thread will be posted by Thursday at 11:59 pm. The post will include what sort of writing he or she will be expected to complete for the degree, what documentation style will be appropriate for the degree, and why. The student must cite at least 1 source from the course material to support his or her essay. The student will respond to at least one classmate by Friday at 11:59 pm.

Quizzes (5)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module(s)/week(s) in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 8 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.