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WRPR 133: The American West in Fact and Fiction (HC)

Writing Program 133: The American West in Fact and Fiction (Lapsansky) Spring 2024

Doing Research

This guide contains research tools and materials for your class projects.  Use the tabs on the left to navigate through the guide.

File:A Dash for the Timber by Frederic Remington.jpg

    A Dash for the Timber, Frederic Remington, 1889 (Source: Wikimedia Commons public domain)



The resources here will provide you with academic material for your essay.  When you select and read articles, be aware of the following issues:

    • Expertise - What is the author's training?  Has he or she published other material in this subject area?

    • Audience - Who are the intended readers?  Is it for the general public or for college students and researchers?

    • Discipline Focus - What subject approach does the author take?  Historical, religious, literary?  If literary, is there a special interest in a particular kind of interpretation, such as linguistic, psychoanalytic or gendered?

    • Documentation - Is there a bibliography for further reading?  Are there titles there that are new to you?

    • Date - If the article was published more than 10 years ago, can you find a more recent point-of-view?