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ENG102: Writing About Literature (Torregrossa): Getting Started With Your Research

How do I know which kinds of sources to use?

The type of source you use often depends on the type of information you need. A factual-type question might be best answered by a reference book, such as an encyclopedia or almanac. In contrast, a large research project might require using online article databases to find scholarly journal articles. General collection books on a specific topic may aid in synthesizing material and add context to a subject. Web resources are useful for finding current news information, while print sources may be better for more stable or historical topics. When researching, select a variety of sources to ensure different viewpoints on a topic.

Tips for your writing your thesis statement:

  • Write a thesis question that is clear, complex, and focused.
  • Locate quotes from the literary works you read to support your thesis

How to Take Notes on Books

How to Write a Literary Thesis Statement

Thesis Statement Tutuorials