Your paper must include a minimum of 7 sources.
One source is the book itself.
You must have at least 4 literary criticisms as sources.
You must have at least 1 book/hard print source. This may not be a reference source, such as an encyclopedia.
It is a good idea to have more than the required amount, in case any sources are not usable.
How do I find literary criticisms and reputable sources?
1. Use Gale - conducting several different keyword searches will lead you to critical essays that are not just specifically about your book or author, but also about your topic/theme. Something listed as "Reference" is not a critical essay. Reference materials can be used for the other 2 sources. This would include things like biographies or book reviews. The password is psmlrc.
2. Use the Internet Public Library for Literary Criticism - http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/
Again, utilize different keyword searches. Some of the links are outdated. Some are not reputable sources. But you will also find some useful material. If you have a question about a "reputable source," just ask. If you print Joe Schmoe's essay about your book, posted on his personal blog, with no qualifications, it will not count as a source. Look for criticisms written by professors, listed on .edu or .org websites first.
3. Use the Chicago Public Library - If you have a working library card, you can find many sources. You can find your print source at CPL, or check the LRC.
Ask questions! I am here to help. If you want to print sources, please copy and paste into a word document and shrink/customize margins in order to use the least amount of paper. Look before you print. Don't forget to include citation information - use easybib.com to create MLA citations.