Library Instruction Session Learning Outcome
Students will develop and apply a search strategy in order to find reputable, relevant information on their chosen play.
Students will evaluate the usefulness and credibility of sources in order to select the best sources for their paper.
Source Search Project Description
The purpose of this project is to prepare you for the larger Group Project. You will write a brief (600-800 words) essay that reflects the process you followed to complete the assignment. You will be better prepared to work within your group having done this preliminary project.
You should first read the critical introductions to Shakespeare and to The Tempest that are in your textbook. Reading the introduction to The Tempest will give you an idea of the types of information that you will later be able to find for your chosen play. You should next search for reputable critical scholarship sources for both Shakespeare and your chosen play. You will need to find both print and on-line sources. This may prove to be the hardest part of the project. Remember that you are looking for quality sources. Your search must result in finding a MINIMUM of the following types of sources (print and/or online sources are acceptable):
- A definitive/authorized/standard biography of Shakespeare
- Four critical publications about the play
- A publication about the history of Elizabethan theatre
- A source for information on the theatres of Elizabethan London
[Total Number of Sources: Seven (7). While these are the minimum requirements, you may find other types of sources that you can include.]
IT IS NOT THE PURPOSE OF YOUR PAPER TO INCLUDE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT SHAKESPEARE OR THE PLAY. Your paper should detail how and where you find the information that you will later use in the Group Project. It should include a listing of the sources that you found with a brief description and proper MLA citation information for each. You must also describe the process and the timeline that you used to find the information. You should also describe any problems that arose during your research and describe how you handled them.
The report will be graded based upon your meeting all of the criteria and upon the clarity of the writing. The report is a process essay with bibliographic elements. You may use the first person point-of-view.
The final document should consist of your report and the Works Cited page as the last page. The Works Cited page should be set up using current MLA format. The report should also be set up in MLA format following the example entitled “Formatting the First Page of Your Paper” on Purdue Owl’s website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/. Save the document as LastNameFirstNameSourceSearchPaper (example: FettersAllisonSourceSearchPaper) before submitting to the dropbox. You may also view a sample essay on the eLearn homepage for our course.