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ENGL 1260 Introduction to Women's Literature (Cassity): Research Your Writer

What is a headnote?

Next you'll need to create an anthology entry for your writer and sample text, which includes a headnote. This headnote should include both biographical and background information about your writer, as well as editorial information (such as themes, big-picture topics, and/or historical events implicated in your sample text.) For more information, see your assignment description in Canvas.

Finding Biographical and Background Information

You can use reference sources such as encyclopedias and biographies to find information about your writer. Depending on how obscure your writer is, it may be more or less difficult to find information about her life. You can try searching in the biographical databases listed here, or looking at some of these example encyclopedias. If you have trouble with this part, ask a librarian for help!

Finding Editorial Information

As you begin to analyze your sample text, especially after you read a little bit more about your author and the time period in which she was writing, it will be helpful to look up literary analysis or scholarly work about your writer's literature (otherwise known as secondary sources). Secondary sources will inform the ways that you make connections between your sample text and wider themes or topics. Secondary resources include journal articles, print books, eBooks, and more. You can search directly in OneSearch, below, and then limit by format (try journal article or book/ebook), or try one of the listed literary and humanities databases.

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