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This guide supports all literature courses taught at HACC (English 201 through English 279).Examples of courses include but are not limited to:: Introduction to Literature; Major American Writers; Major English Writers; World Literature.
Literature research assignments will often require you to use "secondary sources," which provide literary criticism, interpretation, and historical context for your topic.
Examples of secondary sources are journal articles and books.
After finding a "starter" source or two from the resources listed below, try the "Books" and "Databases" links to the left to find journal articles, books, and other types of sources
The background databases and reference series' linked below are great for finding your first source! Then dig a little deeper by looking for books and journal articles using the "Books" and "Databases" links to the left.
Provides critical overviews of short stories from all cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the story's cultural and historical significance.
Provides critical overviews of the most-studied plays of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, critical reception, dramatic devices and traditions as well as cultural and historical context.
In an unprecedented exploration of the genre, Hirsch writes about what poetry is, why it matters, and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message-which is of vital importance in day-to-day life-can reach us and make a difference.