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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.

Spring 2019 Schedule

Week 1: January 9

Introductions to Class

  • Presentation Slides
  • Use the citation you have been given to find the print article.
    • Journals are on the shelves by title, alphabetically
    • If you need help, ask your classmate or librarian.
    • Once you have found the article, take a picture or scan the first page of the article
    • Email it to
      • Title email lastname_en3414 print article & attach scan or pic to email
      • Print Article Hunt

Week 2: January 16

Information Cycle, Identifying Scholarly Resources​, & Evaluating Internet Resources

Week 3: January 23

Plagiarism & MLA 8th Ed. Citations

Week 4: January 30

MLA Formatting in Microsoft Word

Guest: Thomas La Foe from the Digital Media Center

Week 5: February 6

Searching Strategies & Literary Databases Hosted on EBSCO (EBSCO is NOT a database!)

MLA International Bibliography

MLA Directory of Periodicals

Humanities International Complete

Literary Reference Center

Week 6: February 13

Literary Databases Not Hosted on EBSCO


Literature Criticism Online

Project Muse


Google Scholar

Works Cited 1st Assignment Key

MLA Works Cited Directions Re-Try

MLA Works Cited Retry, Due Feb 20

  • Save file & name: last name_works cited
  • Email to with email subject last name_works cited


Week 7: February 20

Primary Resources & Special Collections

Guest Lecturers: Jennifer McGillan & Jessica Perkins-Smith

Week 8: February 27 (Meet at Special Collections on Third Floor)

Visit Special Collections 

Week 9: March 6

Research Thinking/ Outside Context – Other Databases to Help with Your Research


Week 10: March 20

Library Research Hunt (Quiz) – Use the Research Skills You Have Learned!

Week 11: March 27

Presentation Development and Delivery

Week 12: April 3:

Draft Due Tuesday April 2 @ Midnight – send draft to

Peer to Peer Presentation Review/ Help from the DMC

Week 13: April 10

All student presentations due by midnight, Tuesday April 9.   Send a shareable link, or document that includes your name and project to

  • Student Presentations

Week 14: April 17

  • Student Presentations

Week 15: April 24

Last of Student Presentations & Class wrap-up (semester evaluation)