This guide is designed to support the research paper for WRC 1103 - Contemporary American Literature. It contains suggestions of books, ebooks, and online databases as well as additional support resources.
To search for books or ebooks specific to your topic, try our online catalog:
The catalog provides access to the library holdings of Appalachian State University (books, movies, music scores, music CDs, government documents, audiobooks, and more).
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This list is just a sampling of our top databases for this type of research. Take a look at our complete listing (link opens in new window) - there could be another great collection of research just waiting to be discovered. If you need a recommendation, ask Mark!
The Research Advisory Program (RAP) provides one-on-one research assistance for students. Sessions are conducted in person, by phone, or online.
AppState's University Writing Center offers a comprehensive set of MLA resources. All links open in a new window.
Now that you’ve started finding sources, you’ll need to evaluate them before committing to them, but this doesn’t have to be time consuming. Just ask yourself two questions: Is this source trustworthy? And is this source suitable? Not every suitable source is trustworthy, and not every trustworthy source is suitable.
Consider the following: will this source help me answer the research questions that I am posing in my project? Will it help me learn as much as I can about my topic? Will it help me write an interesting, convincing essay for my readers?
Determining Trustworthiness (or Credibility)
Trustworthiness of sources may not be as easy to determine, especially if you’re in a hurry, aren’t paying attention, or haven’t checked your own biases at the door. Pay attention to things like:
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