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Research Essay 2: Literature Review English 101
A literature review is an essay that explores scholarly articles, books, and other sources that relate to a particular issue, an area of research, or a theory. The literature review offers an overview of significant literature (meaning here sources) on a particular topic.
In other words, the review is not an analysis or a review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but an analysis of the essays about this film/book (decide on which for your own paper).
Write a 3.5-4 page literature review that analyzes FOUR secondary sources. Each one should relate to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (film or book—but make sure you say which in your essay).
You may choose from the secondary sources in the literature folder in the second section on our Blackboard page, as well as choose your own sources. If you choose your own sources, you must submit them with your paper.
Include a properly formatted Works Cited page (which is not counted in the page amount).
Guidelines for organizing the literature review:
1. Give an overview of the subject, issue, or theory you are writing about (what is the focus of these articles on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone?)
2. Provide a summary of each article, including specific quotes from the article that are explained in your own voice. They should show each author’s argument.
3. Explain how each article is similar or different from the others in the literature review.
4. Conclude by explaining which article you think makes the best contribution to understanding Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and why.
Resources (source types) can include scholarly journals, books, substantive articles by cultural critics in newspapers.
Use NoodleTools to organize your annotated bibliography and final Works Cited.