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English 2328 - Coleman, Laurie (online): Research Tools

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Literary criticism can provide IN-DEPTH overviews, background information, and help you identify themes. Just type in the title of your work and the author's last name to search in these tools.

Literary theory can help you understand how other writers analyze works and can help you analyze and write about works, too.

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