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Taylor ENL 160 Reading Broadly

Library Research Guide Spring 2021

Analyze Your Research Needs Before You Search


  • What is your assignment? 
    • "Find ONE article, book chapter, etc. on a work already read in the course, to summarize it, and to respond to it, based on [your] reading of the work." (Professor Taylor's email to me)
  • What types of information sources does Professor Taylor want you to find? 
    • Find ONE article, book chapter, etc. on a work already read in the course
      • The work you will focus on is a "primary source," the journal article, book chapter, etc., is a "secondary source."

Select a Research Topic

  • Begin with one of the works you have read this semester:
    • Salvation
    • Araby
    • Cathedral
    • Moonlight
    • Perceval
    • Matters for Death of a Naturalist
    • To a Daughter at Fourteen Forsaking the Violin
    • King Lear
    • Phantom Tollbooth
  • Think about how you might explore aspects of this work in your research paper:
    • For instance:
      • themes
      • point of view
      • genre
      • purpose
      • audience
      • setting
      • characters
      • imagery
  • Make a list of key words that reflect your research topic.
    • Begin with key words from your work and the author.

Urgent Advice from the Librarian

  • Because you just have to find one article, book chapter, make it a good one!
    • Find and read several articles and choose the one that speaks to you.
  • Start early!
    • A literary critique requires time for you to think not only about your work, but also, the secondary source, and most importantly, what you are going to say about them.
  • Reach out for help!
    • If you are not satisfied with the secondary sources you've found, email/text Nancy Dennis asap. 
    • She will try to find articles, book chapters, etc.
    • If she is unsuccessful, you might think about shifting your topic.