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- Source Work. It is acceptable to consult legitimate sources (scholarly articles, books, excellent web sites) while developing your paper, and if you are a graduate student you should engage with secondary material. But the most important thing if you are an undergraduate is to study your primary texts patiently. Commercial notes (even good ones) may hinder this process: they may give you an accurate sense of what is usually said about a given work, but <u>what is "usually said" is for that very reason not interesting</u> and shouldn't replace your own insights. Other people's ideas are valuable only if you make them your own honestly -- a task that is part of genuine education. Check your school library's online portal for article databases. Project Muse and JSTOR are among the best for humanities work. They not only list scholarly essays but, most often, allow you to download them as HTML or PDF files. Chapman's portal is [http://www.chapman.edu/academics/libraries.asp|Chapman Library], and CSU Fullerton's (unless you use "My Fullerton") is [http://www.library.fullerton.edu/|CSUF Library].
+ Source Work. It is acceptable to consult legitimate sources (scholarly articles, books, excellent web sites) while developing your paper, and if you are a graduate student you should engage with secondary material. But the most important thing if you are an undergraduate is to study your primary texts patiently. Commercial notes (even good ones) may hinder this process: they may give you an accurate sense of what is usually said about a given work, but <u>what is "usually said" is for that very reason not interesting</u> and shouldn't replace your own insights. Other people's ideas are valuable only if you make them your own honestly -- a task that is part of genuine education. Check your school library's online portal for article databases. Project Muse and JSTOR are among the best for humanities work. They not only list scholarly essays but, most often, allow you to download them as HTML or PDF files. Chapman's portal is [http://www1.chapman.edu/library/|Chapman Library], and CSU Fullerton's (unless you use "My Fullerton") is [http://www.library.fullerton.edu/|CSUF Library].


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