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Research Methodology for Language and Literature
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Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Research Methodology for Language and Literature' is a course offered in Eight Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

To initiate scientific approach to research in language and literature; to introduce the students to the methods of scrupulous writing and careful documentation of research; to provide the students information about writing processes in research.

Unit 1

Research - A form of Exploration

Purpose of writing - Identification of a research problem and the choice of subject – Types of research-Selecting sources-Bibliography-Plagiarism.

Unit 2

The Mechanics of Writing

Spelling, Punctuation, Italics, Numbers, Title of work, Quotations. Format and documentation of research paper.

Unit 3


Works cited - Citing works, Essays, Articles, Newspapers, Journals, Internet - sources.

Unit 4

Analysis of research writings

Analysis of specimen research writings. Motivate students for critical thinking.

Unit 5

Practicing writing research papers on various topics.

  1. Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for writers of Research Papers, New Delhi: EWP, 2009 (10th edition).
  1. Anderson, Jonathan, B.H. Durston and M.Pcole. Thesis and Assignment Writing, New Delhi: Wiley Eastern, 1970.
  2. Kothari, C.R. Research Methodology: Methods and Techniques, Delhi: New Age International Ltd. 1985.