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Student Work to be Published in New York Review of Science Fiction

Apr 8, 2010

The work of three Ohio Northern University Students will be published this summer, in installments, by The New York Review of Science Fiction. The work, an annotated bibliography on vampires, is the result of a research project conducted by Samantha LaChey, a creative writing and literature major from Troy, Ohio, Merrill Miller, a creative writing major from McMurray, Pa., and Cailey Williams, literature and French major from Eastlake, Ohio.

The students began work on the project in fall 2009 as part of their coursework in English 232: Research Practicum. This practicum was designed for English students, particularly those who intend to go on to graduate school and are interested in learning how to conduct intense research. The course was repeated throughout the year as the students delved into vampires both past and present.

The student researchers compiled a 10,000-word annotated bibliography on the secondary research done in English on vampires since Bram Stoker penned “Dracula” in 1897. The bibliography includes peer-reviewed journal articles, essay compilations, encyclopedias, dictionaries and historical studies. An annotated bibliography not only summarizes research, but also comments on its level of quality, so the process allowed the students to sharpen their analytical skills.

The students’ research was directed by Dr. Druann Bauer, an assistant professor in ONU’s English department.

The New York Review of Science Fiction, a well-known literary journal, was created in 1988 and publishes articles and reviews on science fiction, fantasy and horror. Four to eight readers review submissions before a publishing decision is made.

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