For this research paper, you need one or two primary sources (the source/s you will be examining) and several secondary sources.
Primary sources are original works. In literature, a primary source can be:
Secondary sources discuss primary sources. Generally in literature, secondary sources are literary criticism found in academic journals or books. The best variety of sources for literary criticism are generally peer-reviewed articles. For this class, literary criticism might be difficult to locate, so see the "Source for this Class" section.
When you evaluate information, you need to do it a little differently depending on the type of resource you're looking at, but how do you know the difference between an academic resource and a popular resource.
An academic/scholarly resource:
A popular resource:
A web source:
Your professor recommends the following variety of sources for this assignment:
professional book reviews (not reader reviews on Amazon or Goodreads)
news releases about a book that wins an award
information about a social issue that the book explores, like racism, depression, the impact of a parent’s past on a teen, etc.
Literary criticism is generally the best form of research for an assignment like this, but oftentimes, the books that you have read haven't been published long enough to be written about critically. See the Searching Google Scholar and Using Library Databases page for some insight on finding critical literary articles.
Important reminder from your professor: "Whatever research you include, be sure to integrate it into your interpretation of the book, not simply report on the issue."