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Research Fundamentals: Richard Rodriguez - The Achievement of Desire

A guide to print and online resources for starting your research.

Essay Options

From Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Readers:

Write an essay in which you discuss Rodriguez's use of Richard Hoggart's The Uses of Literacy.   How, for example, would you compare Rodriguez's version of the "scholarship boy" with Hoggart's?

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Write an essay in which you  discuss how Rodriguez reads (reviews, summarizes, interprets) his family, his teachers, his schooling, himself and his books.  What differences can you say such reading makes to those ways of speaking and caring that you locate in the text?

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DMC Studio

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The DMC Studio provides services, technologies, and instructional support for recording, digitizing, and editing audio, video, and image resources, enabling you to create new digital scholarly work.

Biographical Materials

Read about the life and work of Richard Rodruguez and Richard Hoggart

Biography in Context

Achievementof Desire

Subject Guides

The Library offers a number of discipline-based Subject Guides to help you locate resources.  Which Guides might assist you?

Some possibilities include:


Latin American and Caribbean Studies


What other topics are covered in this essay?

Searching for books and articles

Take a Break

Look inside the book.   Hunger of Memory: the Education of Richard Rodriguez, at Amazon


Learn more about the concepts of reading, education, language, family and culture.  Get information on bilingual education.

Some possibilities include:

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Encyclopedia Britannica

Richard Rodriguez is opposed to bilingual education.  Read an interview with journalist Scott London in which he explains his views.

For another point of view on the subject, read an address to the National Bilingual Education Association by Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana.

Primary Sources

Review question:  What is a Primary Source?

Read an interview with Richard Rodriguez by Bill Moyers


Review question:  What is a scholarly article?

Try the Library's Discovery service for a Google-style approach to searching. 

Not sure where else to look?  Look for selected article search tools in Research Guides by Subject