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EN 3414 Critical Writing and Research for Literary Studies

This guide serves as the "syllabus" for the library component of the English 3414 course.


Find, pic/scan, cite -

Every week you will need to find the assigned resource.  Once you have found the resource take a picture or scan the first page of the resource.  Unless otherwise noted, answers must come from a print resource.  Then create a correct MLA 8th Ed. citation.  Last, email the pic/ scan to me with the citation.  Be sure to label your email correctly (see schedule or syllabus for instructions).

MLA Citation “Works Cited” Assignment:

  1. Go to the “Class Schedule, Slides, and Links - “Assignments” tab at Review the “Page Scans.” There are 12 examples of sources, including artwork and title pages with publication information.  
  2.  Be sure to scroll up & down for each source to view all information needed for citation. Not all sources tell you what type of citation you need.
  3. Determine what information you need for a citation. This will include author/creator, title of work, (book, database, website, or images) and more. 
  4. Not every space needs to be filled, i.e., if there is not a volume or issue number, that’s fine.
  5. Create an MLA 8th Edition citation for each resource based on the information provided.
  6. Need Help - you can find help a couple of different ways.
  • Purdue’s Writing Lab: MLA Formatting & Style Guide for examples.
  • Image Use & Citation Research Guide for MLA 8th Ed.
  • Visit MS State’s Writing Lab for help
  • MLA Style Center
  • Visit Research Services, 2 floor in Mitchell Memorial Library, & find help from a librarian

Arrange these into a properly-formatted Works Cited page. Assignment is due on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 and is worth 12 points.

Email to:

Label email: "Last name_works cited"


Library Research Hunt (Quiz)

General Guidelines: The aim of this assignment is to familiarize you with some of the resources available in the library, and, by extension, to help you identify the kinds of materials you will encounter as an English major. In doing so, you should feel free to consult with librarians. However, you are not to ask them to do the work for you. In other words, you need to do the preliminary legwork before approaching the library staff. This means you will need to tell the librarians where you have already searched & what you have found so far.  All resources may be found using library resources, either through the online catalog & databases or by serendipitous browsing.  Only one question requires the use of the Internet, therefore it is the only time you may cite a resource from the Internet. 

You will need to take a picture or scan the resource to show where you have found the answer.  For an example, look at the page scans for your citation assignments. 

Remember when visiting Special Collections:

  • Do not use a flash for items in Special Collections. 
  • Only visit in groups of 2 or 3 – no more
  • Email the librarians to make an appointment for the item you want to view

If you pull a book from the shelf to answer one of the questions below be sure to place on the re-shelving carts when you are done.  Please do not check them out as others in the class may be looking for the same resource.

Due Date: Beginning of class on Wednesday, Oct. 23 @ 2pm. Email your completed assignment with a subject of “Last Name_Research Hunt.”  Also, label your doc in the same form.

Formatting: You will submit your answers, citations & pics/ scans in a MS Word document (no PDF’s) or Google Doc (shareable link – be sure you have the public view set).  Submit one file including answers, Works Cited, & pics/ scans of the items.

  • Answer the questions, then provide a Works Cited list.
    • Since the document will be at least 2 pages, you will need to format using correct MLA 8th ed. Style (use double-space, headers, page numbers, etc. & no using the tab key for hanging indent). 

***Remember you have the class research guide, citation guides, MLA Style Center Online, etc. to help you format***

Digital Humanities and Special Collections: