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Romeo and Juliet: A "Piece of Advice" Project: Research Resources

A guide for Dr. Meyer's Freshman English's Romeo and Juliet research assignment.

Research Requirements

Source #1: Romeo and Juliet Text

  • Locate an event or lines from the play that convey your theme or issue
  • Conduct a close reading of that scene from the play and provide your own analysis of it
  • Anytime you refer or quote the text, you must include an in-text citation (line.sceen.act) and a full MLA citation in your works cited page

Source #2: Literary Criticism

  • An article from a literary journal published by an English scholar that interprets Romeo and Juliet from your particular theme.
  • Literary criticism is often affiliated with a university or college and a subscription is needed to read full text articles
  • Literary criticism can often challenging to read - make sure you understand the text before you incorporate it within your own analysis. 
  • Anytime you use an idea from a literary critic, you must include an in-text citation (author's last name, page #) and a full MLA citation in your works cited page

Source #3 & 4: Expert's Advice

  • An article, website, or resource that addresses your topic and provides guidance for teens on how to address the issue
  • The author or organization publishing the information must be accredited to provide professional advice (i.e.: psychologist/psychiatrist, certified counselor, doctor, governmental agency, etc).
  • Aside from a title, the source may provide the author's or publisher's experience or other works published

Literary Criticism

Advice: Experts' Opinion

Evaluating Web Sources

Don't ask whether its a good source, but whether there is a better source available

  • Currency: When was this information published?
    • The field of social sciences is constantly changing, along with teen culture and issues. Make sure that you are locating the most current info for your subject
  • Relevance: Is this connected to my issue?
    • In order for the information to be relevant, it must connect to your topic or issue, as well as address any connections between the theme and your textual analysis
  • Authority: Who is publishing this information? Are they qualified to speak on the subject?
    • Typically a web source will have an author or organization as its publisher. Check the "about us"  or Google their biography section in order to find out the qualifications.
  • Accuracy: Does the information make sense? Are similar sources saying the same thing?
    • Although advice and counseling are relative, most experts should agree on the same ideas based on research. Check multiple sources before confirming an idea as true. 
  • Purpose: Why is this information being published? There there an inherit bias or underlying ulterior motive?
    • Many times websites are trying to manipulate you into believing a course of action or product can solve the issue. Make sure that you identify any bias by examining who is releasing this information and carefully reading it.