Use Questia school to access reliable and quality research on critical analysis of literary works for use in your essays. Ask your friendly librarian for assistance in advanced search techniques.
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Developing a strong research question takes time and effort. You will need to keep coming back to the question and ask yourself is this feasible? Use the following example to draft your question.
This investigation + explores/reports on/seeks to understand + how/what/why + idea/problem/activity + for who + at where
Another approach is to apply Backward Design Principles to question drafting:
What is the answer/outcome/learning we want to get? How will we get there? What do I need to specifically ask to get to that answer (question parameters)?
Literature Searches Require a Strategy
1. Define parameters:
2. Determine scope:
3. What types of articles: theoretical, review, commentary, empirically based, historical - blogs, websites, videos etc
4. Use databases!
5. Begin the seach
6. Generate articles, begin notetaking and create a reference list
There is no single way of taking notes. Browse these resources to find what suits you.
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