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Welcome to the library guide for your short story criticism assignment! This guide is designed to help you find literary criticism about the short story that you have chosen to write about. Please take some time to explore this guide to find out which library resources are recommended for this assignment and how best to use them. This guide includes several pages describing topics related to your paper and the research you will be conducting; each page can be accessed from one of the tabs (Finding Books, Finding Articles, etc.) at the top of the guide.
Remember, you can always contact a librarian for assistance with your research, including finding books, articles, and other resources, as well as formatting your citations correctly. You have several ways to contact a librarian for help. Feel free to drop in and see us at the library anytime that we're open, call us, email us--either directly or through Ask a Librarian--or chat with one of us using the Research Help feature that is located on every page in this guide, as well as on the library's Blackboard page. You also can post a message to your librarian on the Blackboard site for this class; just go to the Contact Your Librarian forum and post your message in a new thread.
As described in your research paper assignment from Professor Lunsford, you will select a short story to research and write about. To find information about the short story you have selected to write about you will need to consult several different information sources, including books, articles from journals, and perhaps excerpts from critical essays that have been collected and reprinted in other sources. Your library provides access to many resources for this research, both in print and online. This guide will help you to identify which resources will be the most useful to you and teach you how to use them effectively. I recommend that you use a combination of essays and articles printed in books as well as in journals -- both online and in print -- to get a good selection of information and criticism about the story that you have chosen to write about.
You also will be learning how to use the MLA (Modern Language Association) citation format in conjunction with the information sources you use. Your library also offers guides that will help you to use MLA format correctly.
This research guide is just one tool that will help you with your research. You also will visit the library with your class for an orientation session that will introduce you to some of the research resources that you will be using. There is online help for many resources, and you are welcome to consult with a reference librarian if you have any questions about the information resources you will be using. Finally, you can post a message to your class librarian using the Contact Your Librarian discussion forum through the Blackboard site for this class.
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