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:
Virgin of Guadalupe
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.