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  • 1. Fall ’09 Comp II – T Ansbro
    Today’s presentation will cover
    Essay paper tips
    FKCC databases
    Web evaluation
  • 2. Your literary research involves…
    Literary reference materials to provide background information and criticism
    Journal or periodical articles
    Websites specifically aimed at literary research
    MLA documentation and citing sources to develop your Works Cited list
  • 3. FKCC Catalog
    Keyword search tips:
    Books about author's works, type author name & “interpretation” or truncate the word “criticism”
    Shakespeare  critic*
    Shakespeare  interpretation
    Books about author's life /times, type author name & truncate “biography”
    Hemingway and biograph*
  • 4.  
    Subject heading search tips – use
    “subject contains” option rather than “exact”
    Poe criticism interpretation
    (or any author/poet)
  • 5. FKCC databases that may be helpful:
    • Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)
    • 6. Literature Resources (Gale)
    • 7. JSTOR
    • 8. Humanities Full Text (Wilson)
    • 9. Lit Finder (Gale - Poem Finder, Story Finder, Essay/Speech/Play Finder)
    • 10. Granger’s World of Poetry
  • Why search FKCC databases?
    • Most references are full text & free
    • 11. Can easily limit your searches to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles
    • 12. Databases have citation format options
  • Popular or Scholarly?
  • 13. Scholarly or Peer-reviewed articles
    Often have an abstract
    Serious look - contain many graphs and charts - few glossy pages or exciting pictures
    Cite their sources in the form of footnotes or bibliographies and cite other scholarly writings, not popular works
  • 14. Scholarly or Peer-reviewed articles
    Authors are scholars in the field
    Affiliations of the authors are listed--universities, research institutions
    Discipline coverage - assumes some scholarly background on the part of the reader
  • 15. Popular or Scholarly?
  • 16. Let’s search the Library Catalog & Databases
  • 17. Still need to search the Internet?
    You may still wish to search the Internet for resources.
    Be sure to evaluate what you find
    Look for credible resources
  • 18. What to look for?
    • Is the information accurate? 
    • 19. Can you verify the information in another source?
    • 20. Does the page cite well-known sources or authorities?
  • Authority  
    • Is the author identified? 
    • 21. Is there reason given to assume that the author is an authority in the subject?
    • 22. Does the author provide contact information?
    • 23. If the author is identified as a corporation or organization is there information available about the reliability of the group?
  • Currency
    • Is the information current?
    • 24. When was the web site created? When was it last updated?
    • 25. Are the links working?
    Point of View/Bias
    • Is the primary purpose of the site advertising or is it informational? 
    • 26. Does the information contradict something you already know or have learned from another source?
    • 27. Does the author have an agenda or trying to sway his/her audience?
  • Plagiarize: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source
    "plagiarize." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2009.Merriam-Webster Online. 25 March 2009 <>
    For more information visit:
  • 28. MLA Style Books at FKCC Library (available at Circulation Desk)
    Gibaldi, Joseph, ed. MLA Handbook for Writers of
    Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: MLA, 2009.
    (will be available soon)
    Hacker, Diana. The Bedford Handbook. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009.
    Aaron, Jane E. The Little, Brown Essential Handbook.
    New York: Longman, 2008.
  • 29. Internet resources
    MLA formatting and writing style guide from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue style from Diana Hacker Guide
    FKCC Library Research Tools – Subject Guides – Literary Guide/Citation Guide
    Be sure to acknowledge your sources and avoid plagiarism!