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EN 102: Introduction to Contemporary World Literature (O'Driscoll)

English 102, Spring 2018


Use this guide to discover peer-reviewed academic sources for EN 102.  See information on how to evaluate sources and find encyclopedias, find scholarly books and peer-reviewed journal articles, find newspaper articles and web sourcestrace citations to find additional sources, and cite your sources in MLA style. 

Mujahideen in Kunar, Afghanistan, 1987

By Erwin Lux, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Research Requirements

Requirements [from Dr. O'Driscoll's assignment sheet]

Choose ONE of the following three stories: Achebe's "Girls at War," Hosseini's Kite Runner, and Satrapi's Persepolis.  Find FOUR sources on that story/book.  Write a description of each secondary source and post it on the research wiki (125 words minimum for each source), explaining what the source says and why it's useful for this assignment.  Use MLA citation style. The full research assignment is due by midnight, April 9th,

The sources you find must fill the following requirements:

  • You MUST have one scholarly journal article: a book review does not count as a journal article.
  • You MUST have one scholarly book
  • You MUST have one encyclopedia article
  • You MUST have one popular source (newspaper, magazine, credible website, etc.).

In order to fulfill those requirements, you’ll need to distinguish between scholarly and non-scholarly sources.  Scholarly sources are peer-reviewed; you’ll find them in books from university presses, and articles from scholarly journals. You’ll also need to distinguish between an article and a book review.

Please note: before posting your sources, check what others have posted. You will NOT get credit for sources others have already posted.