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Literary Criticism: Writing Basics

This is a guide to the Library's collection in Literary Criticism. It is not comprehensive, but rather provides a good starting point for research. From these sources you may locate other related works.


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Annotated Bibliography

You may be required to create an annotated bibliography, or you may choose to make one as part of your research process.  They generally contain the citation correctly formatted in the required/chosen style, followed by a summary of the resource in your own words.  In addition, you may want or need to include quotes from the source that you might use in your paper, making sure to include the page number(s) where the quotes are located.

Below are some links to resources to assist you with completing an annotated bibliography.

The Learning Center

Want a tutor to look over your essays, or help you get started?

Visit the Learning Center (located on the first floor of the library building, L103)

Fall/Spring Semester Hours: 

Monday-Thursday, 8am - 8pm  

Friday, 8am - 4:30pm

Saturday, 10am - 1pm 

(423) 352-5112

Visit the link below to access the schedule of tutors.

Writing Assignment Calculator

The Assignment Calculator


The Assignment Calculator is a tool to help you understand, organize, and complete a research paper. Not only does it break the process down into manageable steps, but it also helps you understand the process and budget your time appropriately. Simply enter the date you plan to start your assignment and the date it is due, and then click on Calculate Assignment Schedule. You will get the systematic breakdown of what you need to do, as well how much time to spend on each aspect of the process.

Writing Resources from SIRS Knowledge Source

How to Write a Killer Thesis Statement

The Writing Process

The links here will provide you with information and assistance with the writing process.