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ENGL:1200:0057 The Interpretation of Literature - Helm, Fall 2021: Home

Resources to supplement the course work of ENGL:1200:0057 with Matthew Helm, Fall 2021

Finding Books on WorldCat

WorldCat is valuable for finding published items that are not held at the University of Iowa Libraries. It is the world's most comprehensive catalog of items held by libraries, particularly libraries in North America. If InfoHawk+ doesn't have what you are looking for, try WorldCat - it contains over 2 billion records! And many of those items are available for you to borrow through Interlibrary Loan.

Use the "Libraries worldwide that own item" link to see which libraries have the items you want. You can then "Request item" from the link on WorldCat. Not everything that you see on WorldCat can be borrowed, but it's worth checking into!

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Research tips

The databases listed in this guide are the best bets for finding materials for ENGL:1200:0057, Fall 2021. They will contain many  credible and relevant resources for your assignment. 

When searching for critical interpretations of your two selected texts, remember that the sources don't have to agree with your thesis. Sometimes, the arguments made by someone with opposing claims provides an opportunity to strengthen your own interpretation.

Each database will have tips and hints on how to use it. Don't be afraid of tutorials and help buttons.

Remember to cite your sources. Tips on MLA citations can be found here.

If you have questions or problems, contact your librarian!

From the assignment...

"Spend some time considering the texts we've read this semester -- thinking about your own readerly response is a great starting point. Which texts did you find most enjoyable? Most or least interesting? Most frustrating, intimidating, illuminating, challenging, or applicable to your own life. Looking over our readings, can you see any patterns in which texts grab your attention or make the most last impact? Which texts would you be interested in finding out more about. Use these hunches to figure out your research questions and approach."


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