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ENGL 122: Intro to English Studies: Your Topic

Starting your research

Once you have a topic in mind, you'll need to focus that topic and find appropriate sources.

General Topic: Walden Pond by Henry David Thoreau

Possible focus areas:

  • Work Ethic as a theme
  • Nature as a theme
  • Thoreau's Cultural Influences

What type of resources will I need to bak up my ideas?

  • Literary Criticism (Use LION or Literary Resource Center)
  • Historic analysis (Use one of the history databases)
  • Thematic analysis (Humanities Source or JSTOR)


Video courtesy of North Carolina State University Libraries:

libnscu (2014, May 1). Picking your topic is research [video file].  Retrieved from: