Discretion, Piety, Charity, and Prudence
instruct Christian at the Palace Beautiful.
(from Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, With Over One Hundred Illustrations
Designed by Frederick Barnard and Others, Engraved by Dalziel Brothers
(Philadelphia: John C. Winston Company, 1894).
The best library assignments are ones that use a variety of resources including books, newspaper and journal articles, internet sites, and even videos or audiocassettes. We encourage you to use all of these sources for your paper. Books should provide some of the best information for literary and historic topics. You may apply for a library card and request materials online. We hope you will take full advantage of the many resources our libraries offer.
Please contact or Professor Samuelson with any questions you may have during your research.
A critical biography of Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, John Donne, Alexander Pope, Henry Fielding, or Samuel Johnson. Remember that the emphasis is on critical. Don't simply write a life, but an interpretation of that life from a literary perspective. You must read at least one other work by this author not covered in class and critique it.
Background or historical papers: A critical study of the English church and its development from the medieval period through the eighteenth century; medieval or renaissance music; medieval art or architecture; castles or cathedrals; armor; medicine or science from the medieval period through the age of enlightenment; the crusades; plagues; executions and other interesting disasters; the Arthurian materials; the rise of the sonnet, satire, periodical essay, or English novel; William Wallace (Braveheart); The Plantagenets; The Black Prince; Henry VIII, Elizabeth I; Mary Queen of Scotts; Oliver Cromwell; any interesting idea you may have as long as you clear it with me. Remember these topics must focus on ENGLAND and must also be relevant to the study of literature. Also remember that any borrowed historical, biographical, or other background material, both quotation and paraphrase, must be documented. See me for assistance if you need it.
You may also write critical analysis of one of the following works: Dr. Faustus, Volpone, Pilgrim's Progress, Clarissa Harlowe, Tristram Shandy, Joseph Andrews.
Librarian talk . . . About Getting Started!
As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage. Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people, literary works, events, or broader identifying terms. Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the internet.
Librarian Talk . . . About Books!
Literature Resource Center | Includes most of the information in Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 and Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism. It also has links to scholarly journal articles and appropriate Internet sites.
History Resource Center: Modern World | Contains journal articles, primary sources & reference books.
Biographies Plus | 45,000 biographies of people from antiquity to the present.
Academic Search Premier | Collection of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Many scholarly.
Proquest | Collection of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Many scholarly.
Librarian Talk . . . About the Internet!
The Internet will be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggested below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at:
UNACCEPTABLE SOURCE EXAMPLE:
Medieval History | history, literature, links to primary sources from Georgetown University (not updated since 1999, but still some good resources)
Internet Medieval Sourcebook: England | scholarly, peer-reviewed articles -- from Fordham University
Renaissance - - Elizabethan England, 1558-1603 | links to religion, history, literature, music
Tudor England1486-1603 | wonderful, historically accurate site; includes many primary sources
Tudor History.org | biographical information, calendars, glossaries, maps, daily life, architecture, and primary sources
Cambridge History of English & American Literature | searchable, 18-volumes. Good background for most topics
Academic Info : English Literature | links to literature of old English, Medieval, Renaissance, and other periods
Citing Sources Using the Library MLA Style Guide | Kingwood College library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.
Misuse of Sources | Harvard University excellent brief essay on how to avoid plagiarism. Excellent list of 'how to' and 'how to avoid'.
Online Tutoring | Kingwood College faculty offer free tutoring via email. They will email or call with answers to your questions.
Academic Support Center | Check our ASC hours for in-house tutoring.
Attach your paper to and email to , Assistant Dean. Dr. Terry or one of the writing tutors will read through your paper and make brief comments on your paper and return it to you.
REMEMBER, the expert on this paper is Dr. Samuelson.
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