English/DMS Course Materials
The Web is a great tool for research but one does have to be a bit
careful about what one uses. Here are some research notes for you to
STRATEGIES FOR WEB RESEARCH
Also keep in mind that any source is going to have some bias built
into it by nature. When you do research, use your own analytical skill
and insights to build a presentation that weighs opinions, evaluates
facts, and presents your own conclusions.
- Search Englines. You can use a search engine like
Google to find material - this can be invaluable but do not limit yourself to random Web searches.
- Specific Sites. Try to also use
material at authoritative sites like the EPC (http://writing.upenn.edu/epc)
and UBU Web (http://www.ubu.com). Another good source for basic
information is about.com.
- Online Reference Material. No research would be complete without
consulting the Literature Resource Center, which offers full text
articles from crucial resources such as Contemporary Authors and the
Dictionary of Literary Biography. As opposed to the Web where one
sometimes has to hunt for hours to find something as simple as the
birth year of an author, these sources give you a solid amount of
critically important information in one compact article: you simply
read and decide what's relevant to your own presentation. So don't
pass up this valuable resource. You can get to it by going to:
then pick "English & American Lit" (it contains more than just English
& American lit) then "Literature Resource Center" (if you scroll down
a bit you will find it on the right under "Subject Databases"). The
best type of search is an author search, which you can get to from the
"Home" button of LRC.