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Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby  

Library resources and instructions on researching biographical and critical information about the author and his work.
Last Updated: Apr 16, 2014 URL: http://libraryguides.cerritos.edu/fitzgerald_gatsby Print Guide RSS Updates

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The Great Gatsby

 

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
character studies
themes
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?

      pen and ink image  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.

       

      Professor Ramser - ENG52 - SPRING 2014

      Research One of the Following Great Gatsby Themes

      • Failure to Achieve the American Dream
      • The 1920's
      • Role of Social Classes
      • The Symbols of Location

      Guidelines

      • 4-6 pages
      • MLA format

      Sources You Need to Find for Library Scaveger Hunt

      • A novel
      • A reference book
      • A magazine article
      • An online article
       

      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
      3. Search Sources
        • Find Books
        • Find Articles
        • Find Websites
      4. Write your paper - Informative, Analytical, Argumentative, Critical
      5. Cite your sources
                 

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                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.
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