When you seek out to bring out meaning from a literary piece of work, there are certain errors you should avoid. Steer clear of thinking or making assertions that there exists only one meaning or interpretation to what you have read. Keep in mind that you are making a literary appreciation from your own point of view, which may differ from that of the reader. Make sure you appreciate the literary piece in an objective manner. Avoid making negative criticisms. Above all, never guess the goal of author. Keep in mind that a literary piece of work may have so many objectives, even ones in which the author may not be able to detect at the time of writing the piece of work.
If you can't find many articles on your topic, you may want to try a periodical index which focuses on a specific academic field. Academic libraries often subscribe to this kind of subject index . One subject index that is particularly useful for finding literary criticism is the Modern Language Association's MLA International Bibliography , which includes scholarly writings on literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore. Ask your librarian to help you find a library near you where you can use this index, or to suggest other indexes that may be useful to you.
Direct Quote : A direct quote is when you use another persons words directly in your paper. Knowing when to use a direct quote is important. Do not quote everything you want to say. Most things should be paraphrased. Use a direct quote when you want the reader to read an important historical line or it is something someone said that is important. Use direct quotes sparingly, there should only be a few in the paper and they better be good ones. The key difference in citing a direct quote is that you must put quotation marks around the sentence and then cite at the end. IF YOU FAIL TO USE QUOTATION MARKS AROUND A DIRECT QUOTE YOU ARE SAYING YOU WROTE THE SENTENCE. THIS IS PLAGIARISM!!! More information on direct quotes and direct quotes over four lines to follow.