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This guide provides students with tips and suggested resources for finding sources for their argumentative essay for English 111 with Professor Foege

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Your Assignment

This assignment has two research options:

Option 1 - A literary research paper:

Choose one of the authors featured on The Literature page of your Canvas course, and read more of the author's work (at least one other text). The literature is considered a primary source. Then you will do research on a particular aspect of that author's work. After reading scholarly literary criticism, you will develop your own arguable thesis statement and support your thesis with your own reasoning as well as evidence from scholarly sources. Books and articles about the author and literature are considered secondary sources. (The only featured author that is probably not a good choice for this option is Celeste Ng, since not a lot of scholarly literary criticism has been written about her work yet.)

Option 2 - A research paper inspired by the literature:

Use one or more of the literary texts on The Literature page of your Canvas course as inspiration for a research paper. You don't have to mention the literature in the paper (although you can if it's relevant as an example or illustration). Each of the short stories and plays you have read have raised a number of issues (social, political, economic, psychological, etc.). In your paper, you will focus on one of these specific issues and do scholarly research on that issue. You will eventually develop an arguable thesis and support your thesis with your own reasoning and evidence from research.

You will cite your sources using MLA style. See the tab "How to Cite" for help.

To find sources through the Luria Library, use the "Finding Books & Articles" tab along the top of this research guide to identify recommended databases for searching for books and articles through the library. If you have questions or would like assistance, email me (your librarian) or book a research appointment over zoom and we can go through the process together. 

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If you need more help with your research, contact a librarian by chat, phone, email, or in person, or explore the library's online tutorials.

For writing help, contact the Writing Center in the Cartwright Learning Resources Center (CLRC). The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring and a variety of helpful support materials.


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