Many courses in the English Department offer students the chance to conduct independent research projects that are designed to enhance the skills needed to conduct primary research. In many cases these may result in an Honors thesis, a conference presentation, or publication. Students should feel free to approach any English Department faculty member about the possibility of conducting research in an area of mutual interest.
Also, many of our faculty have students take part in archival research of some kind, providing them with a fuller context for the period they are studying. They can visit local archives, use Internet materials, or explore the Special Collections in the UofL library. For example, students in Dr. Susan Ryan's class on the history of reading have used the university archives to examine nineteenth-century magazines and the way they addressed an imagined readership.
Students may also conduct research as part of preparing an annotated edition (either print or web-based) under the direction of a faculty member, or learn web-authoring in a number of English Department courses.
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Students also may wish to know of several journals that publish work by undergraduate students. Thirdspace is a feminist journal for emerging scholars that publishes work by undergraduates. Thirdspace has published essays that are literary analysis of specific texts, such as James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room or Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
The journal Young Scholars in Writing seeks theory-driven and/or research-based submissions from undergraduates on the following topics: writing, rhetoric, composition, professional writing, technical writing, business writing, discourse analysis, writing technologies, peer tutoring in writing, writing process, writing in the disciplines, and related topics.