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English 102 (Writing About Literature) Research Guide: Getting Started

This guide will provide resources and strategies for researching authors and their works. It will also include suggestions for composition and documentation.


This research guide will help you locate information on authors, literary works, and related literary topics.

Generally, your literary research will involve one or more of the following:

  • locating literary reference materials to provide background information and criticism
  • locating journal or periodical articles
  • locating websites specifically aimed at literary research
  • using information on MLA documentation and citing sources to develop your Works Cited list

As always, feel free to contact a librarian for assistance.

How to do research for English 102

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