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ENGL 357 Bernhard: Assignment review


Search subject specific databases to identify journal articles on a topic.

Request materials not owned by the library using Interlibrary Loan when warranted.

Search for sources using a citation or bibliography.

Cite sources using a citation style appropriate for the discipline if one exists.

Assignment and research approach review

This session intends to perhaps help broaden your information horizons a bit. This guide is organized to address each of the following:

1. Reference; background, facts ( encyclopedias, almanacs, chronologies, etc)
2. Established knowledge  (library catalog: books)
3. Specific scholarly "conversations" (library databases: journal articles)
4. Citing evidence (MLA guides, Purdue OWL, RefWorks)
5. Drafts & revisions

Paper with a research component

for this paper, add these questions:

-How might I put this text into conversation with another that we have encountered in this class?

-Having read literature from earlier periods, how might I consider this work in its own historical context? What does it take from the past, and what does it reject or do differently?

-In novels, how does the author use character to engage specific themes?

-In poetry, how does the poet experiment with form?

-What have other scholars and critics said about the text that incites my curiosity?

-How do other scholarly opinions mesh with, or diverge from, my own thoughts on this text?


Once again, your THESIS will provide answers to your most pressing questions about the text(s) you select.


  1. 7-8 double-spaced pages, no crazy fonts, one-inch margins. Times New Roman ideal.
  2. Must open with a substantial introduction that includes a compelling thesis statement.
  3. Must contain several body paragraphs that include direct quotation from the text that you are analyzing. Each paragraph must include a portion of your critical argument, not just summary of the text. Quotations should be cited inline according to MLA format.
  4. Must include at least three secondary sources to enrich your argument. All secondary source should be drawn from refereed academic articles or books (in other words, Wikipedia and nonprofessional Websites do not count). These should also be cited inline.
  5. Must end with a brief, punch conclusion that reframes your core argument to impress your reader with how much she/he has just learned from your analysis.
  6. Must include a bibliography, also in MLA format, citing the sources you have used.
  7. You must print and submit the paper in class. You must also upload the paper to the appropriate assignment portal on MyClasses.