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Scholarly versus Popular

Scholarly articles are:

in-depth |  written by experts   validated with technical language, abstracts, literature reviews, methodologies, tables, graphs, and conclusions |  reviewed by experts | given a bibliography

Popular articles are:

brief overviews of topics |  written by journalists |  easily read by most people |  illustrated with colorful photographs or pictures reviewed by editors | not given a bibliography

Your Research Paper

Welcome to the LibGuide for Dr. Van Camp's ENC1102 course. This guide provides a selection of books and databases that will help you find criticism for your research paper. 

If you need additional help finding sources or formatting your paper in MLA, contact the Reference Librarians at any IRSC Library.


Metamorphosis Themes

Below is a list of themes that may lead you to a good question, which may then lead you to a good thesis for your paper.

Alienation and isolation

Bureaucracy run amuck

Dehumanization of people groups

Human as machine

Humans as animals/bugs

Individual as extinguished

Life as nightmare

Life out of balance

Life as comedy, tragedy, or both

Life as suffering

Marginalization of difference

Power of transformation

Questioning identity (work, institutions, virtues like love, hope, and faith)

Reality at war with itself

Suicide as becoming personally reduced

Time and identity shifts

Tyranny of Institutions (family, government, religion, education, entertainment)

Violation of human nature

Value of self-consciousness

Work as god (idolatry)


What is plagiarism?

"The act of claiming someone else's work as your own."

Remember: Everything you find has been created by someone else.

Here are some examples of plagiarism:

Failing to cite when you copy and paste

Failing to cite when you reword what someone else has said or written

Failing to cite when you take information from the Web

Reusing a paper that you have written in another course (self-plagiarism)


MLA Template

MLA 8th Edition Paper Formatting 




MLA Style Paper Template

You can save a personal template in Microsoft Word (IRSC students, download Office for free, see a librarian if you need help). Above is a template you can use every time you need to set-up a research paper using MLA style format. Simply open the template and type your own information every time you need to write an MLA style paper. Microsoft Word will allow you to save personal templates. Once you have the template opened in Word

Click "Save as"

Give the file a name

Under "Save as type", select Word Template

Then when you open Word, you will be able to choose a template rather than a blank document. You might have to select Personal to find your template.

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