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ENGL 1102: English Composition II: Finding Sources

How to Use Sources

Scholarly Sources:

"In locating and reading a journal article, for example, a student may accept the entirety of what the article presents (a dominant reading), may accept the study's general argument but disagree with other points (a negotiated reading), or may reject the article altogether and substitute another interpretation (a resistant reading)."

-Eamon Tewell, "Toward the Resistant Reading of Information: Google, Resistant Spectatorship, and Critical Information Literacy"

Tips for Literary Research

You can perform literary research on a text in a few ways:

1. Criticism on the exact piece of literature

Ex: "Turtles all the way Down"

If it is new, there may not be any criticism!

2. Criticism on the author's other work or general work

Ex: John Green

This works better for people who have written many works and for many years.

3. Scholarship on the genre/movement and how it works with a topic

Ex. YA literature AND race, YA literature AND trauma, Graphic novels AND boyhood, Southern gothic AND ghosts

4. Scholarship on a literary theme (interdisciplinary or in lit)

Ex. trauma, disability, race, sexuality, queer, confession, family, gothic, spirits, humor, place, home

5. Scholarship on a style of analysis

Ex. Feminism AND YA


Databases with Literary Criticism

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