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Pre-20th-Century American Literature - Greensburg Campus

This guide will assist undergraduate students in developing and researching their topics in the Pre-20th-Century American Literature course (ENGLIT 1215).

Pre-20th-Century American Literature - Greensburg Campus

This guide will assist you in developing your research topic and subsequent paper for ENGLIT 1215: Pre-20th-Century American Literature.  It will also provide you with links to helpful sites, including PittCat, online databases, and online tutorials.

According to the Pitt-Greensburg program sheet for English literature, this discipline "emphasizes the development of sophisticated reading that incorporates a complex understanding of historical and cultural contexts."

The Research Process in a Nutshell

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject. For example:
    • Native American
    • Virgin of Guadalupe
    • Mysticism
    • Pueblo Revolt
    • Anne Bradstreet
  • Search PittCat and subject-oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully.
  • Don't forget that you can always ask a librarian for help!

These two sample worksheets will help you to develop a search strategy and understand how to evaluate a scholarly journal article.