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Tutorial: Library resources for literary criticism

Welcome students!

Introduction to Library Resources for Literary Criticism 

This tutorial brings together the best library resources to help you build your abilities in researching and writing about literature.

  • Develop a research question for a literary criticism paper
  • Identify different types of information you need to write about literature
  • Locate and use library resources like MLA International Bibliography or Library Search to find  articles and books for your research
  • Incorporate sources into your paper and cite them properly using MLA 8th edition

Who this tutorial is for

This tutorial is intended for students new to or relatively new to researching literary criticism for the following departments:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • World languages and literatures

Topics covered

  • Developing a research topic
  • Understanding different types of sources
  • Reading and evaluating scholarly articles
  • Using WMU Libraries
  • Using subject databases
  • Academic integrity and plagiarism
  • How to cite in MLA 8th

Activities include

All modules have a combination of the following types of actives:

  • videos (between 3-5 minutes)
  • interactive tutorials (approximately 10-15 slides) 
  • graded quizzes (5 questions with results sent via email)

How long will this take? 

  • The entire series should take between 45 minutes to an hour.

1. choose a topic, 2 focus topic 3 gather textual evidence 4 find criticism 5 conclude

Welcome instructors!

Welcome Instructors

This tutorial is an on-demand substitute for in-person library instruction. The modules in this series cover the essential information literacy topics for undergraduates new to or relatively new to researching literary criticism. 

Topics covered

  • Developing a research topic
  • Understanding different types of sources
  • Read and evaluating scholarly articles
  • Using WMU Libraries
  • Using subject databases
  • Academic integrity and plagiarism
  • How to cite in MLA 8th

Activities include

All modules have a combination of the following types of actives:

  • videos (between 3-5 minutes)
  • interactive tutorials (approximately 10-15 slides) 
  • graded quizzes (5 questions with results sent via email)

How long will this take? 

  • The entire series should take between 45 minutes to an hour.

How to use this guide with your class

You can use all or some of the content. It is fully adaptable and ready for plug-and-play in an online learning environment.

Option 1

Use this guide and you can assign this entire module as an assignment. Students will get emails of their quizzes that could then be uploaded to an elearning dropbox. The entire guide url is stable:  https://libguides.wmich.edu/c.php?g=1057956 

  • Pros: One assignment that can be completed in about an hour
  • Cons: There are 5 quiz certificates that need to be uploaded. 

Option 2

Use this guide and you can assign different sections over a period of time. URLS to each section are stable: 

  • Pros: Information is built over time, can assign as it relates to your course and assignments
  • Cons: multiple drop boxes will need to be created in elearning

Option 3

Add me to your elearning shell and I can create links to these modules or embed the content directly into elearning.