March 15, 2006
Chapter 18 - Writing & Documenting the Research Essay
Roberts, Ch 18 -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)"Unless you are planning an extensive research assignment, you can safely assume that the writers of critical works will have done the selecting for you of important works published before the date of publication.(236)" Roberts adds: "But such bibliographies will not go up to the present, for that, you will need to search for works published after the most recent of the books." Nice little tip - once you find a recent, reliable source, your legwork is 1/2 over.
Posted by BrendaChristeleit at March 15, 2006 7:25 AM
That's very true, Brenda. It may sometimes be a little frustrating, since it's not likely that the library has every important work in our stacks. But that's what inter-library loan is for.
I can't emphasize enough how important it is to start your research early. Even if that book you need won't arrive until after the rough draft is due, you should still request it now.
Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at March 15, 2006 10:58 AM