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Parable of the Sower

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Welcome to the course guide for ENGL:1200:0027 The Interpretation of Literature - Possible Worlds, Fall 2023, with Stephanie Krzywonos. 

This guide has been specifically created to support you and your research project in ENGL:1200. Your research may take you in a lot of different directions and across disciplines. This guide will help you navigate the research process as you expand on a topic from Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, "Learning the Grammar of Animacy" by Robin Wall Kimmerer, "Is This Kansas" by Eula Biss, "Thinking Like a Mountain" by Aldo Leopold, "Where's Willy?" by Susan Orlean, or "The 17th Day" by Christina Rivera.

If you are having problems finding resources, please reach out to your librarian!

General Research Tips

  • Generate a list of your search terms and any synonyms.
  • Search for each term in InfoHawk+ and our databases. Look at the subjects that are listed with interesting resources.
  • Pro Tip: Once you are in InfoHawk+, click on the "Sign In" link in the upper right corner. Sign in with your HawkID and password and you will be able to pin resources, request items more easily, and save searches.
  • If searching for a phrase, insert quotation marks around the phrase.
  • Limit your search by a date range if you only want results from certain years. 
  • To limit to peer-reviewed, scholarly, or academic article (lots of words for the same idea!), select "Peer-reviewed journal" from the left side of InfoHawk+. (Some databases have a peer-reviewed filter as well!)
  • Try your search terms in multiple databases.
  • You can also search in WorldCat to find resources not held by the University of Iowa and then request through ILL. 
  • Look at the footnotes and bibliography of scholarly articles and dissertations - they can lead you to related sources!
  • The first sources that you find may not be the best. Keep looking!


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