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ENGL 153

This guide is designed to support students conducting research for their papers ENGL 153 (005) taught by Dr. George Grinnell.

Book Reviews

Book reviews can provide comparative insight into your analsis and understanding of a book. They are not peer-reviewed and should generally not be relied upon to form a fundamental part of your argument or narrative. When serching Summon, you can limit to Book Reviews on the left of your screen.

Secondary Analysis

As of November 2014 there are no peer-reviewed articles that analyze this book.

Secondary Analysis Research

Prominent themes in this book can be researched and used as secondary sources. The questions provided in your syllabus can seem very specific when you start to conduct research. Often you need to take numerous conceptual steps backwards in order to find articles or books that relate.

Search Summon, the Library's general search engine to find scholarly books and articles.

Example #1: Search punk subculture and then limit your results to "Scholarly & Peer Review" on the left side of the screen. Many relevant books and articles are listed in your results. You could also add a word, such as autobiography to your search to narrow your results. Again, there are many relevant books and articles. Change the keywords that you use and your results will vary. Example, replace punk with hardcore. Following the same logic, you could search punk subculture feminism or hardcore subculture ecocriticism. Change your keywords based on the question you have chosen to address.  You should be able to relate the content in these results directly to the book.

Example #2: Search music subculture punk and then limit your results to "Scholarly & Peer Review" AND choose books/ebooks on the left side of the screen. Books often provide a wide overview of a topic. A book might be titled "The Subcultures Reader" and include chapters on different kinds of subcultures, including an overview of punk in one chapter. (Note: this is a fake book title, it is just an example!). Book chapters that provide an overview can be very useful in framing your analysis. By contrast, articles are often focussed on analyzing a very specific aspect of a problem or issue.