In your English 112 course you may have an assignment where you will conduct research on a work of literature. Your topic will help you start the research process.
If you are having trouble picking a good topic, contact your professor or ask a librarian for help.
You could try using some background information about your topic such as summaries, author biographies, timelines, and major themes. Finding background information related to the literary work that you want to analyze can help you formulate keywords to use when you search the library databases. It can also possibly provide you with suggested further readings or citations to literary criticism that you potentially can use in your research. Background information is typically found in reference sources. DCCC’s library offers many sources and databases that will help you explore literary topics and find background information including:
Print volumes found in the Marple Learning Commons – ask a Librarian for help.