Scholarly Article Summary
Adapted from Dr. Drew Todd’s Assignment
Your purpose in this assignment is multi-fold: a) to learn skills of research using the SJSU library system, including its online search engines; b) to learn to properly cite a scholarly essay; c) to improve skills of writing; and d) to gain insight into a film by engaging a scholarly film essay on this film that contains citations to other scholarly film essays — do note that it may not be a review.
Visit https://libguides.sjsu.edu/az.php (Links to an external site.) and select Film Studies or Humanities as the database subject. Project MUSE and JSTOR are great databases for this project. Once you’re in the database, select Film Studies or Film as the area that you want to research.
Browse the contents of the journals that come up. Download pdfs of any scholarly film essays that interest you.
A scholarly film essay will:
-Have footnotes, endnotes, and or a works cited page
-Likely be more than five pages
-Not be an interview
-Not be a film review
Select one essay that interests you and find the film that it’s about. Check the SJSU library website for streaming films (many will be available through Kanopy). If you can’t find a copy the film anywhere, select another article.
Second, read the article and make note of its thesis (aka argument) and main points.
Third, Write a concise summary of said essay, highlighting its thesis and main arguments (in the first 2/3rds of essay’s length) and how these expand your critical understanding of the film (in the remaining 1/3rd of the essay’s length). I suggest concluding your essay with this last part. Each time the summary refers to the essay through quotation or paraphrasing, provide an in-text citation. However, be sure not to quote large passages or quote much at all in this assignment; let your voice carry the day.
RESEARCH / CITATION
Use MLA parenthetical citations when you quote or paraphrase the article At the end of your essay, include a proper and full citation of the article in MLA style.
Here is an example of parenthetical citation:
According to Maximilian M. Todd, “the relationship between object and subject is a testament to the struggles between the sexes” (Smith 94).
Here, instead, is an example of a full citation of a peer-reviewed article:
Nordhaus, William D. “After Kyoto: Alternative Mechanisms to Control Global Warming.” American Economic Review 96.2 (2006): 31-34.
Note that “96” refers to the volume, as, in this case, the 96th year of this journal’s circulation; “2” refers to the issue in that year (in some cases, the issue is labeled by season, and you would cite it like this: “…Review 96 (Winter 2006): 31-34.”
At least 500 words, double-spaced, 12-point font. Use MLA-style throughout and include parenthetical citations and a proper full citation of the article just below the essay. Include a title that refers to the main point of your paper. In order to receive full credit for this assignment, you must upload a pdf (not a link) of the essay that you are sumarizing.