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Web resources, books, writing and citation information can all be found in the Carroll College guide for English and American Literature.
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How to Start Writing a Research Paper

Use the reference sources below to:

  • help define a topic
  • place a topic in context
  • get an overview of scholarly thought on a topic 
  • help you focus and develop a thesis for your paper

Articles in reference sources often list articles, books, and websites for further reading,  in sections entitled Bibliography, Suggested Reading, Further Information, etc.


Use these Reference Resources

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A Writer's Reference - Diana Hacker; Nancy Sommers
Call Number: REF PE 1408 .H2778 2011
ISBN: 9780312601430
Publication Date: 2010-10-25
Style guides such as this one offer ideas for completing every step of your paper, from picking a topic to sentence structure to citation help.

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Style - Joseph M. Williams
Call Number: PE1421.W546 1990
ISBN: 9780226899152
Publication Date: 1995-06-15

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The Oxford Guide to Library Research - Thomas Mann
Call Number: Z710 .M23 2005 Ref-
ISBN: 9780195189971
Publication Date: 2005-11-01

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Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature - Jennifer McClinton-Temple
ISBN: 9780816071616
Publication Date: 2010-12-01

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Modern American Literature
ISBN: 9780816049677
Publication Date: 1998-12-01

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Twentieth-Century Western Writers - Geoff Sadler (Editor)
Call Number: PS271 .T84 1991-Ref
ISBN: 0912289988
Publication Date: 1992-01-01

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Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance - Lois Brown
ISBN: 9780816049677
Publication Date: 2005-10-01

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Shakespeare Criticism
Call Number: PR2965 .S44 V.1-Ref
ISBN: 9781414441955
Publication Date: 2009-06-12
Multi-volume set of Shakespearean literary criticism


Useful non-reference books

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Research Strategies - William Badke
Call Number: Z710 .B23 2011
ISBN: 9781462010172
Publication Date: 2011-04-18

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They Say - I Say - Cathy Birkenstein; Gerald Graff; Graff
Call Number: PE1431 .G73 2010
ISBN: 9780393933611
Publication Date: 2009-12-22

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