AC 217 SC Library Online Research the Fall of The House of Usher Article Essay

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AC 217: Library Online Research Assignment

Step-by-Step Instructions

1: Choose one author to research, from among the following:

Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, Edgar Allan Poe, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates

2: On the MySeneca homepage, go to “Student Services” at the upper right and click on “Library”—then click on the red phrase “Visit Seneca Libraries website”.


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3: On the Libraries homepage, in the window that says “What would you like to find?”, type in the name of the author you’ve chosen, and the title of his/her short story—all in lowercase, like this: edgar allan poe the fall of the house of usher. Then click on the ‘Search’ symbol.

4: On the next screen, at the upper left side under “Refine Your Results”, click on “Peer-reviewed Journals”.

Peer-reviewed Journals contain articles that are published in respected scholarly journals—the kind that you must use for this assignment. Do not use ANY articles from “.com” sites. Peer-reviewed articles are usually written by college or university professor-scholars—sometimes in very complex English, but there are also some in much simpler English. You’ll want to look mostly at the easier ones.

After you click on “Peer Reviewed Journals” hit “Enter”.

5: On the next screen, again at the upper left below “Refine Your Results”, click on “Full Text Online” and hit “Enter”.

6: The next screen will start to list some of the many peer-reviewed, scholarly journal articles on Poe’s story “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Among the many listings on that screen, look for one that sounds fairly interesting, and focuses totally on our story. The screen you’re on now, which I’m using as an example, starts with an article that compares Poe’s story to a story by another author—don’t go there. However: the second article listed, the one by John Timmerman, is a good one. Click on that article’s title.

7: On the next screen, click on the green phrase “Full text available” and then, just below that, the blue title of the database “Academic OneFile”.

8: The next screen may ask you to enter your Seneca Username and Password, to gain access to the Library Databases. If so, enter both of them and hit “Enter”.

9: –Or you may be taken directly to a screen with the title/author etc. of Timmerman’s article. On that screen, click on the underlined title of the article (“House of Mirrors….”)—and the next screen should show you the full text of the article.

10: Now, for this assignment you must find five articles from at least three different journals—clicking on the link below each listing that says (in green) “Full text available”.

Choose articles that refer directly to the short story we’re reading. In most cases they won’t be hard to find—since these are famous short stories that many scholars have written about.

However, if necessary—as with Joyce Carol Oates, who has written so many stories and novels that you may not find articles on our specific story—go with articles that talk about the author’s writings as a whole—and look for connections in whatever is said to a theme or themes in our story.

You may find some articles that are too difficult to understand, or just not interesting. If so, just go to another article—but you will eventually need to list 5 articles. For now, the key—as you’ll see in the next instruction (#11)—is to find one article that is interesting, and not too hard to read.

11: Next: in double-spaced paragraphs totalling 500 words, write about just that one article you found most interesting and/or informative, explaining why you found it so. Point out some connections between the article and the story we’re reading. To support your points, quote and discuss at least one passage from the scholarly article in your paragraphs.

12: Then: create a ‘References’ list in correct “APA format”. Here you will list five scholarly articles you’ve found, including the one you wrote about. There are two different ways you can do this. Here’s the first:
Go back to the Seneca College Libraries homepage and click on the link ‘Citing Sources’.
On the next screen, click on the big red link APA at the upper left, and on the next screen, click on the link at the upper left that says “Citation Examples”.
In the drop-down window under “Citation Examples” click on the blue phrase “Journal Articles”.
On the next screen, for an article like Timmerman’s—that is, written by one author—click on the first link (“Journal Article from a Library Database with DOI – One Author”)—and the next screen will start with “References List Citation”—which shows you the exact way to enter an article in your ‘References” list.

13: Or: here’s an easier, almost automatic way to set up each of the five articles in your ‘References’ list:
Back on the screen(s) that listed each of your articles, find each article and click on the red quotation-mark (“) with the listing.
On the next screen you’ll see an expanded window of the listing, with a long horizontal box toward the bottom. That box contains the exact form of the listing that you simply need to copy and paste into your APA-style “References” list, in alphabetical order by each author’s surname.

14: Email your two-part assignment—paragraphs + APA References List—with your name on it, to HYPERLINK “” as a Word Document, no later than noon, Oct. 23rd, 2020. You are welcome to submit it well before that date.

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