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ENGLIT 0300 Introduction to Literature - Oakland Campus

A guide to assist students in ENGLIT0300 Introduction to Literature.

The Research Process

As you begin your research papers and assignment, note that you may need to do some preliminary research as you draft your research questions. You will likely use library resources such as PittCat and library databases to conduct background research, refine your topic, and search for sources. If you have any questions, please be sure to Ask-Us!

Do I have a reliable source?

You are required to use reliable sources, including books, articles, and websites.  How do you know if a source is reliable?  Here are a few questions you can ask yourself in order to determine if a source is reliable:

Who?

  • Who is the author?
  • What degrees or experience does the author have?
  • Is the author an expert in that field?
  • Is the author affiliated with a particular institution?

What?

  • Is the article or journal scholarly/peer-reviewed?
    (Scholarly/peer-reviewed articles are written by experts in that field and then reviewed by other experts in that same field for validity, accuracy, and overall quality prior to being published.)
  • Does the author cite his/her sources?
  • If yes, are they credible sources?

When?

  • When was the source published?
  • Is currency important to your topic?

Why?

  • Did the author publish this source with a particular agenda in mind?
  • Based on the author's word choice and tone, does the author have any particular bias?

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