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ENG 402: Research Seminar

A guide for Bluffton University students in the English Research Seminar course, ENG 402

Guide Introduction and Objectives

Musselman Library has created this guide to help you with all the steps in the process of completing your English research seminar paper.  We hope this guide supports you as you:

  • Increase your confidence in literary research
  • Wrestle and delight in researching and writing about something that fascinates you
  • Create an article-length paper that defends and sustains your research argument
  • Consider how this research and writing will prepare you for further study‚Äč

Here you'll find introductory information about pursuing literary research, as well as guidance for using and searching the library catalog, print and electronic book sources, and research databases.  We've also created a page to help you with citations and bibliography creation.  

Your goals are our goals - let us know how we can improve this guide.

Thinking about research

Considerations for literary research as you progress through your research seminar project.  From Purdue University's Online Writing Lab.

Literary Theory

Overviews of literary theory and schools of criticism, with discussion for how each is used in the academic setting. From Purdue University's Online Writing Lab.

Give credit...

Musselman Library is grateful to Doreen Simonsen of Willamette University and Leslie Ross of St. Ambrose University for their permission to reuse content found in this guide.  Thanks!