Literature for 11B
One way to come up with a topic is to do background research. This includes reading encyclopedia articles to learn more about a broad subject. Once you know more about the subject, you can make connections between topics and sub-topics. Then write a short summary of what you have learned from your background research.
It helps to think of your main topic as a starting point for your research, not a destination.
Here are some ideas for topics for the 1920s. Feel free to ask your instructor about choosing a slightly different topic.
Use an essential question to narrow your topic and develop your paper's thesis. Here are some examples of essential questions. For more, refer to your class Research Guide or speak with your instructor.
Your Works Cited Page
You'll be using MLA format to cite each of the sources used in your paper. MLA format has two primary functions:
MLA also provides guidelines on formatting your paper, from what to include on your cover page, where to place your page numbers, what size font you should use, and more!
The websites below offer detailed information on how to use MLA. And you're always welcome to ask a GCC librarian for help with MLA - or anything else!
The databases listed below are FREE to students enrolled in classes at Garfield Campus!
Databases are frequently the best place to begin your research and often have more reliable and authoritative information than what you'll find in Google.
When searching in databases, it's important to use the right keywords or phrases to describe your topic. A keyword is a single word that defines what you are seeking. A phrase is two or more words that define what you are seeking.
Depending on your topic, you can combine keywords and/or phrases to narrow or broaden your search. Here are a few examples related to your assignment using the Harlem Renaissance as a main topic.
Begin your research by exploring the databases below and see where they lead you!
Article databases focus on a specific subject and provide sources such as newspaper, magazine, and journal articles. Subject databases may also include sources from reference sources such as encyclopedias and bibliographies plus topic overviews, literary criticisms, and images, and even primary sources. The following databases emphasize literary works and historical events in the United States.
Gale Literary Sources is combined search engine that also includes our content from Literature Resource Center and Literature Criticism Online.
To find general information on 1920s America, click on "The World at War, 1914 - 1945," under the Browse Topics menu on the left-hand side of the page, and then click on "1920s America." Once on the page, you can select specific sources from the menu on the left. You can also search for sources, such as primary sources and reference articles, by entering keywords related to your topic using the Advance Search page.
This database gives you access to the Los Angeles Times' newspaper articles published between 1881 and 1987.
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