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EN 115 - all sections: EXCELLENT ESSAY


Cave Katafygi Vatsinidi (Kardamyli, Lefktron, Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece)

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                   For Instance:  In his allegory of the cave, Plato speaks about "forms." You might look in Credo Reference for: "Plato cave forms." One of the results is an  article in the Columbia Encyclopedia. Reading this, perhaps you notice how the people in the cave are chained, forced, compelled to be there. Turning next to a database, you try searching various combinations of words in Philosophers Index and with the triad "plato, forc*, cave" turn up the article "Forcing Goodness in Plato's Republic," and ~ in the notes at the bottom of the pages you find also "Justice and Compulsion." Finally you feel compelled to check out what people have done with this on YouTube:

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Journal articles:

E-Book and Book suggestion:

The Natural History of Weasels and Stoats
Carolyn King and Roger Powell 

Reading the Earth : new directions in the study of literature and environment

 PS169.E25 R43 1998

*Consult the Environmental Studies guide

for detailed information.


NYTimes, Nov.20, 1863

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Periodical articles:

Book suggestions:

High Tide at Gettysburg: the Campaign in Pennsylvania
Glenn Tucker  |  Miller Library
E475.51 .T83 1995  

Gettysburg,  Stephen W. Sears | Miller Library
E475.53 .S43 2003 

Lincoln at Gettysburg: the Words that Remade America
Garry Wills  |  Miller Library 
E475.55 .W54 1992  

Primary sources:

ProQuest Historical Newspapers

HarpWeek: the Civil War Era

Annals of American History

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