Where to Search
The most helpful sources for your research paper will be those sources that are provided by Ashley High Media Center.
These will include:
It is very important to login with the appropriate passwords to these sites to get the best results. Make sure you have the necessary passwords from the librarian or your teacher.
While it is not advised to use a single source for a research paper, it is extremely important to use multiple sources for your argumentative papers. This approach will not only give you a fuller understanding of the different points of view but will allow you to make a stronger argument as to why your stance is the better option.
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Look for the following series in Destiny Catalog, they present expert opinions and views on current topics for information for your Argumentative paper.
At Issue, Current Controversies, Analyzing the Issues, Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints,Opposing Viewpoints and Global Viewpoints.
Located In the Reference Section - Call numbers REF 800
It is helpful to know your author's writing time period, nationality, and death date before you start searching
CLC - Contemporary Literary Criticism : authors of various nationalities who have died after 1960 or are still living.
CMLC - Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism : authors from classical antiquity through 14th century
LC - Literary Criticism : death dates between 1400 - 1800, all nationalities. Excludes William Shakespeare.
NCLC - Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism : authors of all nationalities who died between 1800-1899.
TCLC - Twentieth Century Literary Criticism : authors of various nationalities who died between 1900-1959.
DLB - Dictionary of Literary Biography : biographical and critical information, each volume covers specific topic or time period.
PC - Poetry Criticism : authors of various nationalities, biographical and critical information.
SSC - Short Story Criticism : critiques authors of all nationalities and time periods.
Black Literature Criticism
Critical Survey of Long Fiction
Drama for Students
Epics for Students
Check Destiny for Literary Criticism Series
Bloom's Literary Themes
Modern Critical Interpretations
The Greenhaven Press Literary Companion
Bloom's Major Novelists
Bloom's Major Poets
Gale Study Guides to Great Literature
Twayne's English Authors
Twayne's United States Authors
Twayne's World Authors
Social Issues in Literature
Understanding Great Literature
New Hanover County Public Library Databases Use your School ID number to login.
Credo Reference - background information on your topic.
CQ Researcher - in-depth, unbiased coverage.
SIRS Issues Researcher - Analysis and opinions, covers the pros & cons.
Gale Literary Resources - critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies.
Literature Resource Center : Artemis - critical, biographical and contextual content.
Proquest Learning : Literature - Full-text works, author biographies, literary criticisms, essays.
Scribner Writers Online - biographical and critical essays in ebook format.
Twayne's Authors Online - in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, influence of literary movements, and the development of literary genres.