The English 112 tutorial will help you learn how to conduct effective research in literature and consists of three modules:

  • Module 1: Starting research
  • Module 2: Literary criticism
  • Module 3: Database searching
  • Module 4: MLA citations

Each module ends with self-check questions to make sure you understand before you move on.


This tutorial is untimed.

The entire tutorial should take approximately one hour to complete.

What you'll learn

At the end of this module, you will be able to...

  • Find and identify background information in the library databases.
  • Find and identify literary criticism in the library databases.
  • Generate MLA citations.
  • Get librarian help.

After you've started your research, you can return at any time to use the information on this page as a resource.


The final page of this tutorial is a short quiz. Take the quiz and download a copy of the certificate with your name and grade to submit to your professor. Ask your professor about submission guidelines.

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Librarians are available to help, and we highly recommend that you get help from us as early as possible.

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