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So, my English term paper?  About the relationship between power and gender in Disgrace?  Totally fucked on that.  I can't find any good critical sources that have to do with what I have to write about, and have become completely stumped as to what I'm going to write.  The damn thing is worth 25% and is due Wednesday.  I'm so fucked.

Panicking... NOW.

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Okay, before you freak out, what are the guidelines of the paper?

"Write an essay on the relationship between power and gender in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace."

- 10-12 pages
- due Wednesday
- five critical sources required (that is, in=depth analyses, not book reviews, etc.)
- late papers lose 10% per day
- worth 25% of my term mark
- MLA documentation (easiest part, even though I hate MLA)
- "The essay must present a thesis or main argument which is your own idea based on your reading of a text or texts, and your own critical engagement with other critical perspectives. You must use at least five critical sources.... Your task, in the essay, is to argue your thesis in an intelligent, coherent, and well-written manner, supporting your ideas with quotations from the primary and secondary (ie. critical) material."

In summary: I'm fucked.

I've never heard of the book, but you are not at a complete loss. Before Wednesday, try to rampage through the book stores for books about this book. Then, search like mad on the internet. I'm Sparknotes (Book and Website) will provide something sufficient. It seems like the only real problem you have are the critical sources, otherwise the actual writing seems easy, at least for you.

There are no books about this book, at least not ones that will be readily available HERE, I AM searching like mad on the internet, and Sparknotes has already been checked and has nothing.

And honestly, I've not a single clue what to write for the essay. I'm totally stumped.

I'm assuming that you've used the online databases to look for journals? If not, try them. If so, which ones have you looked in, and what terms did you search for?

You could also give this a try: http://scholar.google.com/

Try not to panic. There's gotta be something. It's teh Internets. Teh Internets has everything!

-Jenna

I've looked in all the one's that come up under the library's new format when I pick "English", and I used "power", "gender", "disgrace", "coetzee", and a couple other variations on that. Pretty much nothing.

Teh Internets seems to have failed me right now.

Try looking up ones under "Women's Studies".

Oh, yeah. I tried that, too.

Bollocks. *sends loooove and good karmas and big hugs*

WHAT are you doing, searching the Internet????? Or the library! Only Harvard and Yale have enough library space for you to do that!

Go to the Journal database. Your campus should have the MLA, Project Muse and EBSCO.
- MLA is good because it lists books and journal articles, as well as abstracts. However, once you find something on it that you might like, you have to reference into your own library to see if yours has it, or if any library nearby has it (does St FX have the Novanet Catalogue?).
- EBSCO has good stuff that ranges ALL over the place. If they don't have a PDF of the article you're looking for, there's usually a link to look for the article on other databases or in Novanet.
- Project Muse has nothing but FULL TEXT articles so you don't have to source stuff out. Whether or not you can find relevant stuff on it depends on how good you are with sorting through search results, but it's still an amazing database for English majors.

Make a broad topic first: Authour name. Narrow down to the specific book. Then search by theme.

Typically, you look for what research material is out there first BEFORE you create your thesis and confirm your topic.

Look through any research material which looks relevant. Go for a minimum of ten. Search for a common theme, or for the topic you're looking for.

Write down every quote which you think you could use that's relevant to your topic.

I assume you know the book quite well (if you don't, why are you writing on it?), so start looking for stuff in your book that's relevant to your topic.

Using all these, create an argument that your research would be able to support.

If in ANY doubt at all, call me!! 448-2830 or find me on MSN.

A research paper CAN be written in a few days. Trust me. I've done it before. Heh.

I don't know about EBSCO, but I've already checked both Project Muse and MLA, as well as JSTOR and a couple other databases. The internet was my "maybe I'll randomly find something that can help or something that will give me an idea".

Jha, I love you. I think I might be calling you later. <_<

Keywords are extremely tricky to work with. If you're not finding anything, it could be your keywords that aren't helping.

If you like, I could head into SMU and see if I can find anything for you.

Hm, maybe it is my keywords, but I don't know what other ones to use, because the ones I'm using are my topic.

You can go into SMU if you want, but I don't want to be a bother.

And dude, you guys have JSTOR??? DAYUM! The library here is bugging the SMU administration for budget money to go to it, and nothing's happening!

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