Course Title: 
Research Methodology
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Year Taught: 
Postgraduate (PG)
School of Arts and Sciences

'Research Methodology' is a course offered in the M. Phil. (English Language and Literature) at School of Arts and Science, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.  

  • to introduce scholars to the philosophy and mechanics of research
  • to train scholars in the use of language, style and discourses suitable for thesis-writing,
  • to expose scholars to theories of literature, and help them acquire both a theoretical thrust and hands-on experience in writing research proposals before they embark on the execution of the thesis proper

Unit I: Aims and Methods of Scholarship in Modern Languages and Literatures

Linguistics, Textual Criticism, Literary History, Literary Criticism.

Unit II: Introduction to Research

Definition and Objectives of Research- Research in Language and Literature-Types of Literary Research, Different Approaches to Research- Extrinsic and Intrinsic Approaches-Identifying a Research Problem-Criteria of Good Research

Unit III: Research Process

Research problem-definition-review of literature-formulation of hypothesis-research designexecution-analysis-Materials and Tools of Research -Primary and Secondary sources, Library and Electronic sources- Compiling a working bibliography-Collection and organization of materials- Research format- Writing drafts-Documentation-Plagiarism check

Unit IV: The Mechanics of Research Writing

The use of Quotations, footnotes/endnotes-pagination-documentation style-Parenthetical Documentation-Punctuations-The Format of a Thesis-From the First Draft to the Final Copy

Unit V: Language, Style and Types of Discourses

Diction-The Style suitable for a Literary Thesis-Narration-Explanation-ArgumentationExposition

  1. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers-Eighth edition - Joseph Gibaldi
  2. Thesis and Assignment Writing– Anderson, Durston and Poole.
  3. Thesis Writing (Prentice Hall) - Iverson
  4. Thesis Writing. - C .J. Parsons
  5. Modem Rhetoric - Brooks and Warren
  6. Kothari C. R. Research Methodology Methods and Techniques
  7. M. P. Sinha Research Methods, Atlantic Publishers: NewDelhi.
  8. Paul Oliver. Writing your Thesis. NewDelhi
  9. Thorpe, James. Ed. The Aims and Methods of Scholarship in Modern Languages and Literatures. New York: PMLA, 1970.