In this course, students learn the fundamentals of writing a research paper by engaging in a semester-long research project that ends with the submission of a seven-to-eight-page documented research paper. This research paper represents the culmination of all the research they have done on the topic during the semester. The documentation style students use and for which they are assessed is MLA. Instructors may introduce other styles, but only as a means of comparison to reinforce a student’s command of MLA. Leading up to the final research paper, students engage in activities that relate to their research project: e.g. writing shorter essays, doing annotated bibliographies, evaluating sources, presenting material (to the class or in groups), working with peers, reading scholarly and other sources, and the like. Students must get a passing grade on the research paper to pass the course.