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Reading and Writing Literature

For those who are new to the field of english, and are unsure about how to approach writing in literature, the following guide will be useful.  This guide outlines how to approach various forms of literature, how to structure the paper, the need for revisions and drafts, and how to avoid some of the most common grading issues.


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Advantage: A keyword search expands the search to all occurrences of a given word or combination of words.

Disadvantage: A keyword search may retrieve much more than you want.

A subject search searches the subject headings assigned to articles and books. Subject headings are very specific terms and phrases used by libraries to describe what a book or article is about. In order to have these terms and phrases be consistent, most libraries use subject headings defined by the Library of Congress. A subject search limits your search to an exact word or an exact combination of words assigned to a given article or book as subject headings.

Advantage: A subject search retrieves exactly what you ask for.

Disadvantage: A subject search limits you to only what you ask for.


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