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WRT 102 - Downtown (Windahl) Writing II: Introduction

For an essay comparing two films: "Sunset Boulevard" and "American Beauty"

Purpose

This LibGuide will help you find information for your analysis of American Beauty and Sunset Boulevard.

What can outside sources do for you?

  • They can provide facts about a film--how it was written, produced, and viewed.
  • They can give you critical insight into the themes and impact of a film.
  • They can show you new ways to look at a film.
  • They can give examples of how a critic can compare and contrast two films.

How can you find relevant articles and books?

  • SEE THE FOLLOWING TABS ABOVE:  DISCOVERY SEARCH and LITERATURE RESOURCE CENTER (GALE)

How can you incorporate this information into your own essay?

  • You can paraphrase their words and ideas, or you can quote them directly.
  • You can build upon these authors' ideas in presenting your own.
  • Whenever you use words or ideas from someone else, make sure to cite it in your paper.
  • SEE THE WRITE & CITE TAB ABOVE.

Key tips

1. Exhaust these library databases, before you turn to Google.

2. Use the Advanced Search (instructions are included here).

3. When reviewing an article, read for understanding.

4. To quickly skim an article for relevance.  Press Cntl+F. Then search for mentions of your film or keyword.

5. Email articles to yourself! This gives you an automatic MLA citation & the full text.

6. When you email, so yourself a favor by customizing the SUBJECT line. Mention specific content of the article.

Subject Guide

Joe Brewer
Subjects:Psychology