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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.
JStor is a digital library of academic journals, books and primary sources. To gain access students must create an account. This database is particularly useful for senior students wanting to access academic journals for authoritative content.
Literature Guides for a wide variety of books. Includes quotes, related text ideas, historical context, and key themes from the novel.
Citemaker Bibliography Maker
Developing A Research Question
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:
- From research question: identify key search term
- Use synonyms and antonyms to broaden scope
- Read articles to find alternative terms used in other countries/contexts/fields
- Watch for definitions of key terms - these impact on what you identify as worth examining, how you examine it and what you mean when you talk about it.
2. Determine scope:
- how many articles
- how old (date range)
- how comprehensive/wide will the search be (Australian only/multiple countries)
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
Bloom's Literature examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.
This is a great resource for students when studying authors and texts in-depth.
There is no single way of taking notes. Browse these resources to find what suits you.
Tips on how to use the information you've gathered into a concise set of notes from the State Library of Victoria. Includes a link to Evernote - online notetaking tool.
A simple method to use when you are taking notes from written text. Includes a page template to guide you.
Evernote is the app that keeps your notes organized. Memos are synced so they're accessible anywhere, and searchable so you always find what you need.
Analysis and Criticism of Related Texts
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Books in the CBL
The Secret River by
Call Number: INDIGENOUS GRENVILLE
The Quiet American by While the French Army in Indo-China is grappling with the Vietminh, back in Saigon a young and high-minded American named Pyle begins to channel economic aid to a "Third Force." Caught between French colonialists and the Vietminh, Fowler, the narrator and seasoned foreign correspondent, observes: "I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused." As young Pyle's policies blunder on into bloodshed, the older man finds it impossible to stand aside as an observer. But Fowler's motives for intervening are suspect, both to the police and to himself: for Pyle has robbed him of his Vietnamese mistress.
Publication Date: 2002-11-05
Call Number: INDIGENOUS Scott