Starting on Joyce and The Dubliners
This course guide supports critical thinking and analysis focusing on your readings in The Dubliners. As you work with the tools and ideas given here, remember the skills discussed in the presentation and on these tabs are useful in all your literary research.
Note in your syllabus that each essay requires a minimum of 2 scholarly sources to inform and support your analysis. You will find that many published articles are not labeled as 'scholarly' and that what labels you may see are subject to interpretation, therefore not reliable in every situation. What does scholarly mean in contrast to other labels you may see such as popular, trade or opinion?
It is up to you while doing your research to locate articles and determine their scholarly worth. We will discuss this in the library resource presentation. Additional information is found by following this link on how to identify scholarly sources.
In the modules on this course guide, suggested databases and subject headings for the library catalog will be offered. This will not be an exhaustive list, but a path on which to get started as you will find your specific focus and research will take you on paths not yet determined. Each tab will provide ideas for terminology drawing on material from our library catalog (books) and the research databases (articles).
To assist in determing search terms, ask yourself questions such as:
- Who is the central character and what did Joyce mean for them to represent?
- What is Joyce saying in this particular story?
- What was Joyce's life like to inspire these particular stories?
Draw up a list of terms based on your answers to these questions as keys to uncovering the discussions about this work.
Then, decide on the best resources (focusing on the library catalog and databases) to search for the scholarly commentary.
Always, feel free to contact the librarian for more or if you are having difficulties. Research can be fun when successful, but is aggravating when it does not work the way you expect, so do not hesitate to ask for help.