Researchers are currently compiling brief research reports on individual topics of 2+ pages (at least 600 words) with one or more illustrations (e.g. an Edger graph).

This is not a paper – you are not bringing in extensive outside secondary sources. Rather, the intention is to document your engagement with a specific portion of the colleciton, highlight a few interesting works / lexias / choices that you discovered, and explain something you learned about the material.

Reports may take many forms, but here is an example outline – try addressing each area in a few sentences or a short paragraph.

  • Descriptive Title
    What is your topic? what did you find?

  • Topic overview
    Define your topic. Briefly, what exactly do you mean by “romance” or “fantasy”? What does that mean in the context of game books

  • Materials
    How did you select your works? What did you choose to focus on – and why? Were there only a few works in the collection that met your criteria? – if so, how did you find them? Were there far too many works that fit your criteria? – if so, how did you choose which to sample, or where to start?

  • Method
    If you chose to annotate selected choices or endings using custom tags, explain what those were and why. If you were using a different method – for comparison of translations / adaptations, or for exploring the catalog – again, explain briefly what your research method was.

  • Examples
    What is a work that is typical of your topic – typical size, length, structure, subject matter or tone, etc.? What are one or more works that are unusual? How are they unusual?

  • Illustration
    Share an image – or more than one. Below the image add a caption that explains what the image is, and what part of it is worth of special attention.

  • Finding
    Share one thing that you have learned. This could involve the close consideration of a single unusual lexia or weirdly-shaped work… or it could involve a general pattern or a relationship between some language / genre / author and a group of works. What do we now know that we didn’t before? Perhpas more importantly, what do we not know – what is still left to discover?