What is an Academic Journal?
An academic journal publishes scholarly, peer-reviewed articles written by experts. The function of a journal is to distribute knowledge, not to make money for the publishers
1) Find a credible academic article
2) Read it
3) Blog your reaction (How did it expand your understanding of the work?)
4) On your blog, include a full MLA style bibliography citation
5) Post a link from this page to your blog entry
Following the steps we went through in class last Wednesday, find a
- full-length (minimum 8 pages)
- recent (less than 5 years)
- peer-reviewed (evaluated and approved by experts)
- academic article (written by a professor, advanced graduate student, or some other equally qualified individual)
- on a literary work or theme we have studied in class
- published in an academic journal
3) Blog your reaction. (Since your peers won't have read your article, I'm asking that you do a little more than just post a quotation. How did this article help you understand the work ore fully?)
4) On your blog, cite the work in MLA style
Here's the pattern. You can find it in your copy of the SF Writer, or any college writing handbook, or the Purdue OWL.
Author(s). "Title of Article." Italicized Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication.
Here's an example (courtesy of Purdue)
Bagchi, Alaknanda. "Conflicting Nationalisms: The Voice of the Subaltern in
Mahasweta Devi's Bashai Tudu." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 15.1
(1996): 41-50. Print.
If any of this information is missing in the
source you have found -- particularly the name of the journal in which
the article appeared -- its' very likely your source is not good.