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Course Name Research Methodology for Language and Literature
Course Code 18ELL514
Program 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester VIII
Year Taught 2019
Degree Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Kochi


Course Outline

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.


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.

Core Reading

  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.

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