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English: Literature, Rhetoric, and Composition: Spring 2017, ENGL 1400 - Introduction to Literary Studies

What makes "good" evidence?

Which type of search,  for what kind of source, would be most likely to find evidence supporting these claims? Which type of source would be the most authoritative?

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream follows Shakespeare's typical combination of classical and native English myths
  • Samuel Pepys, in 1662, thought A Midsummer Night's Dream was "insipid"
  • Specific linguistic features of Shakespeare's language in A Midsummer Night's Dream signal to the audience that it is a comedy
  • The history of the production of A Midsummer Night's Dream serves as a history of Western theatre production

Hint: first think about what type of source, then choose where to look.

  • Primary sources?
  • In-depth histories?
  • Specialized scholarly discussions?
  • Encyclopedias and other overviews?

Shortcuts to scholarly sources