English 377W/553A:

Research Methods

Crucial Info for Fall 2019:

Instructors: Dr. Loren R. Schmidt and Dr. Kirstin James-Dunn

Schmidt Telephone: (509) 865-8542 or Ext. 2112 (Work); (509) 307-0104 (Cell); (509) 574-8486 (Home)

Schmidt E-Mail: schmidt_l@heritage.edu or (backup) loren@llschmidt.net

James-Dunn E-Mail: dunn_k@heritage.edu

Prof. Schmidt's Office: Simkins 2112, Heritage University, 3240 Fort Rd., Toppenish, WA 98948

Prof. Schmidt's Virtual Office Hours on Elluminate: W 6-8 pm PDT/PST, F 130-3 pm PDT/PST, or by appointment

Prof. Schmidt's Physical Office Hours (available by phone): F 130-3 pm PDT/PST or by appointment.

Time and Place:

Class Sessions Available In Person (Petrie 1113), "Live" Online Via Elluminate, as a Self-Paced Course, or in any combination of these.

Toppenish Undergraduate and Graduate: F 5:30-8:30 p.m., S 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Su 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on 9/6-8, 10/11-13, 11/1-3. Supplemented Via Internet with Class Forums on Heritage University Virtual Campus (AKA MyHeritage)

Option I: Attend class sessions (either in person or live online) and complete supplemental materials on MyHeritage.

Option II: Internet Only (requires additional supplemental materials on MyHeritage or Elluminate to replace class sessions).

Option III: Attend SOME class sessions and complete supplemental materials on MyHeritage to replace class sessions missed.


Contact Instructor, ASC, or Graduate Program Administrative Assistants ASAP!


Required for ALL Students in 377A AND 553A:

MLA, MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd ed. (NY: MLA, 2008).

Optional Text for 553A students when preparing to write a LITERATURE or LINGUISTICS thesis, select one of these for future use:

James Harner, Literary Research Guide: An Annotated Listing of Reference Sources in English Literary Studies, 6th ed. (NY: MLA, 2014). This text is ONLY available electronically:



John Birchner, Writing an Applied Linguistics Thesis or Dissertation: A Guide to Presenting Empirical Research (NY: Macmillan, 2010).

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