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WP 115 Rich and Poor in American Fiction: Fall 2017

First-Year Writing. Professor: Paula Harrington

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* Magazines can provide popular perspectives or alternative voices.
* Scholarly journals are important to academic research.

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Articles in scholarly journals, especially when PEER-REVIEWED are particularly important to academic research. They:

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  • use in-text citations and bibliographies
  • are written by and for scholars

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  3. Use an asterisk to search all endings of a word: immigr* = immigrant, immigrants, immigration
  4. Use quotes to glue together a phrase: "gilded age"
  5. Put synonyms in parentheses with OR between each term: (poor OR impoverished OR poverty)


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  • Finding book chapters on a writer or an artistic work
  • Finding book reviews

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Rich and Poor in American Fiction

Photo:  One of the many small children at work in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Nov. 30, 1908. Location: Lancaster, South Carolina.National Child Labor Committee, Library of Congress. LC-DIG-nclc-01455

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