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This guide is to help students find, evaluate, and cite sources for research assignments in Humanities 101.

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humanitiesThis library research guide provides links to the most useful databases and resources for your research assignments in Humanities 101. Scroll down to see details of your research assignment.

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  • Evaluating sources
  • Reference sources
  • Book sources
  • Article sources
  • Image sources
  • MLA style help

Image source: "Humanities" by Quinn Dombrowski is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Your research assignment

The following is your assignment description:

This paper should be at least 1200 hundred words and should cite at least eight sources besides the works assigned in our weekly readings.  (For example, if you write on "King Lear," the play itself does not count as one of the eight sources, but it should be listed on your Works Cited page.  Although Wikipedia, encyclopedias, and dictionaries are good research tools, they do not count as sources.)

First, here are some topics to choose from.  If you have a topic of your own that you would like to write on, please check with me before you start your research.
  1. Explore the controversy over the authorship of Shakespeare's works.  You're welcome to take a definitive position on the controversy, but you don't have to.
  2. Explain in detail how one of the works we have studied fits into the time and place in which it was created.  How does it reflect or refute important values or trends or customs of its time and place?  How might it have influenced its own milieu?
  3. Find another work by one of the creators we have studied and compare and contrast it to the one we did study.  What important themes or techniques are visible in both or are missing from one?
  4. Find a major work by someone we did NOT study this quarter, and explain how it complements or contradicts a work or works that we DID study.
Here are some important notes on the format for this paper:
  • All citations should be in MLA format.
  • The title of your paper should be in the form of a question.  Example: "How does Alan Ginsberg's 'Howl' Complement the Protest Music of Buffy Ste. Marie?"
  • The paper should be divided into at least six sections:
  1. An introduction.  The last paragraph of this section should end with your thesis statement, which answers your title question.
  2. Three sub-questions.  Examples: "What Is the Message of 'Howl'?"  "How Was the Poem Received in Its Own Time?"  "What Are Some Important Thematic and Stylistic Features Common to 'Howl' and 'Now That the Buffalo's Gone'?"  (Note: You may have more than three sub-questions if you wish.)
  3. A conclusion.
  4. Works Cited.  Be sure that every work cited in the body of the paper is listed here, and be sure that every work listed here is actually cited at least once in the body of the paper

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