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ENGL 1102 with Professor Kay Harrison: Annotated Bibliography & Research Essay Help

This research guide provides resources to help with the assignments in Kay Harrison's ENGL 1102 course.

You will be working on a persuasive essay that involves a statement that you will relate to any of the characters in the stories we have read thus far.  You must decide if you agree or disagree with the statement, then use information from the stories as evidence.  You will need to explore other sources, such as psychological or sociological sources to support your opinion.  These outside sources, with the literature, will support your initial opinion of the statement.  Please keep in mind that the focus is the literature as it applies to the statement. The outside sources will serve as additional support. 

Select one of the following statements and agree or disagree, based on the literature we have read thus far.  You may select several characters to use as support for your opinion or use fewer if you go into more depth. 

  • “People change when on the precipice of destruction.” 
  • “In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.”
  • “Man is the sum of his misfortunes."
  • “The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice."

Literature Databases to Research Themes

Use these databases to research the short stories you are interested in.  Simply type in the name of the title, for example "The Necklace" in the search box. 

Academic Databases to Relate to Themes

These databases do not contain literary criticism.  Use these databases to research related themes from the short stories.  For example, social status or class conflict.