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ENG 336: Studies in American Authors: Getting Started

Resources to support studies of specific American writers, including Hawthorne, Melville, Hemingway and others.


Welcome to the guide for ENG 336: Studies in American Authors.

This guide will connect you with resources to find books, journal articles, information from reference books and other sources.

Ernest Hemingway, Harold Loeb, Lady Duff Twyson (wearing hat), Hadley Hemingway, Don Stewart and Pat Guthrie sitting at a cafe. Pomplona, Spain.

Photograph in the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

Getting Started with your Research

Some tips to get you started:

  • Understand your assignment.  What kind of information do you need?  Peer-reviewed journal articles, literary criticism, biographical information?
  • Know your deadlines.  It is so much easier to do your research early so that you will have plenty of time to write your paper.
  • Develop your topic.  Narrowing your broad idea to a specific question you want to research will save you much time and effort.
  • Brainstorm keywords.  Think about keywords related to each aspect of your topic to help in searching.

If you run into any trouble at any point in your research process, you can always Ask Us for help. 

Another advantage to starting your research early: you can schedule a consultation with a librarian. Librarians are here to help you navigate the many resources available to you, and a consultation is a great opportunity to make sure you are looking in the right places. Librarians are glad to help!

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Jennifer Bartlett
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