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ENGL 153: Studies in Narrative

Activity 1: Popular vs. Scholarly Sources

Scan the following sources for two minutes each:

  1. The Catcher in the Rye

  2. The School of Martyrdom: Culture and Class in The Catcher in the Rye

  3. In Cold Fear: 'The Catcher in the Rye', Censorship, Controversies and Postwar American Character

What can we tell about each of these sources?

Target Audience: What type of audience do you think this source is mostly written for?

Source Type: What type of source is this (news, academic journal article, blog entry, encyclopedia, etc.)? Would you consider using this as an academic source to satisfy the requirements of an assignment?

Author: Is there an author listed? Can you find out about their academic or professional credentials?

Citations or Links: Are there formal citations or links to external sources? Click on links to see where they take you.

Publication Date: Is there a publication date listed? Is the information current enough for the topic?

Purpose: Why was this article written? To provide general information? To share original research or analysis? To entertain? To sell or promote something? Consider its purpose and biases. 

Activity: Identify Scholarly Sources

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