Mistakes we made….

On the Literature Review

In the Title, in the Opening Paragraph

  • Title: Not a “Literary Review,” but a “Literature Review”
  • Dull Openers… Don’t begin your paragraph by explaining that you found four different sources from different places that all talk about Montreal. Or that all of the sources say “different things.”

In the Citations

  • Print vs. Web — What does these terms actually mean? Why do we include them?
  • Use Purdue Owl to check your citations.
  • Even if the newspaper itself printed the article with all caps, it’s gentler to change them. Instead of:

Atwood, Margaret. “JOIE DE VIVRE OF MONTREAL.” New York Times 13 Mar. 1983: A.77. Web.

It should be:

Atwood, Margaret. “Joie de Vivre of Montreal.” New York Times 13 Mar. 1983: A. 77. Web.

In the Annotations

  • Long Titles. It’s best not to quote long titles in the annotations. We’ve just read the citation where the long title is listed, so don’t begin your annotation by repeating it.
  • How to refer to authorsBy their last names.
  • When you talk about the articles, don’t say “in this academic article,” or “in this academic book…”
  • When you mention the book title, put it in Italics. e.g. In Joseph Brodsky’s Watermark, he…
  • When you mention the chapter title (which you probably shouldn’t, because it’s probably too long and to tedious to repeat it again), put the title in quotations. In the chapter, “On Playing Hide-n-seek in Ikea,” Oli Oli Oxenfield argues that….

Marking Symbols

  • go here to understand them

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