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Dillard - Annie Dillard   Tags: literary criticism, literary research, literature research  

A research guide for Annie Dillard and her works.
Last Updated: Apr 5, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Annie Dillard


    What Do You Know?

    You probably already know a little something about this author and literary work, but it's important to find out more in order to write an intelligent research paper. 

    Ask yourself:

    • What do I know?
    • What can I find out?

    biographical information
    plot overviews
    charatcter studies
    literary style
    critical essays


    What You Need to Know

    Understanding Your Assignment

    Before you begin looking for information you should make sure you understand your assignment. Some good questions are:

    • How many pages?
    • How many sources?
    • What kinds of sources?
      • Books
      • Articles
      • Websites
    • What format?

    Your professor is your best resource to answer these questions.

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    What is Literary Criticism?

     Literary Criticism is discussion, analysis or appraisal of a literary work-whether a novel, poem, play, short story or essay.

    As a literary critic, you will read and study a piece of literature and attempt to:

    • describe
    • analyze
    • justify
    • interpret
    • evaluate

    The guide will help you find biographical and critical information about authors and their works.


    Research Basics - Step by Step

    Breaking Down The Research Process  

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    The following outline gives a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs. We are ready to help you at every step in your research.

    1. Choose a topic - or have one assigned
    2. Understand your topic
      • Background reading
      • Consider a main focus
      • Refine your topic
      • Make a list of your keywords and concepts
    3. Search Sources
      • Find Books
      • Find Articles
      • Find Websites
    4. Write your paper - Informative, Analytical, Argumentative, Critical
    5. Cite your sources

              Talk to a Librarian

              Need Help 

              The Cerritos College Librarians can help you with your research in a variety of ways:

              Librarians are available during library hours to answer your questions by phone or chat.
              (562) 860-2451 x2425


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