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Literary Criticism: Getting Started

What is the Assignment?

How do we decide what information is needed for an assignment? Understanding exactly what our instructor is asking us to do is essential! In order to meet the instructors requirements and expectations you should:

  1. Read the assignment sheet or prompt carefully.
  2. Review the class syllabus.
  3. Consult with the instructor if you have questions.

Information Sources

There are a wide variety of sources both in print and in electronic form to draw from when conducting research for your assignment. Many instructors specify which sources of information they want you to use on the assignment sheet or prompt.

Information sources that are particularly useful for finding literary criticism on authors and literature include:

  • Books - Located in the library Main Stack and Reference Collections, and online via library databases
  • Journals Articles - Located in the library Periodicals Collection, and online via library databases
  • Online Articles - Academic websites indexed by Google Scholar, IPL2, or InfoMine

Research Log

A research log helps you document where and how your found your information. It will assit you in re-tracing your steps should you need to find an item(s) again, and will help you generation citations for your bibliography:

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