FKCC Comp II - Literary CriticismPresentation Transcript
Fall ’09 Comp II – T Ansbro Today’s presentation will cover Essay paper tips FKCC databases Web evaluation
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
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*
Subject heading search tips – use “subject contains” option rather than “exact” Poe criticism interpretation (or any author/poet)
FKCC databases that may be helpful:
Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)
Literature Resources (Gale)
Humanities Full Text (Wilson)
Lit Finder (Gale - Poem Finder, Story Finder, Essay/Speech/Play Finder)
Granger’s World of Poetry
Why search FKCC databases?
Most references are full text & free
Can easily limit your searches to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles
Databases have citation format options
Popular or Scholarly?
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
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
Popular or Scholarly?
Let’s search the Library Catalog & Databases
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
What to look for? Accuracy
Is the information accurate?
Can you verify the information in another source?
Does the page cite well-known sources or authorities?
Is the author identified?
Is there reason given to assume that the author is an authority in the subject?
Does the author provide contact information?
If the author is identified as a corporation or organization is there information available about the reliability of the group?
Is the information current?
When was the web site created? When was it last updated?
Are the links working?
Point of View/Bias
Is the primary purpose of the site advertising or is it informational?
Does the information contradict something you already know or have learned from another source?
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 <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarize> For more information visit: http://www.plagiarism.org/ http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01
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.
Internet resources MLA formatting and writing style guide from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/MLA style from Diana Hacker Guide http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/p04_c08_s5.html FKCC Library Research Tools – Subject Guides – Literary Guide/Citation Guide http://library.fkcc.edu Be sure to acknowledge your sources and avoid plagiarism!