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First, you may find that just doing some secondary reading on a primary text could be beneficial in piquing your interesting in a particular aspect of a text and supplying a good starting point. For example, you might want to write on the ''[[Epic of Gilgamesh]]'', but you’re not sure how to begin. You might find that if you do a bit of research first, critical analyses of the text will suggest deficient areas of the wiki’s study guide.
First, you may find that just doing some secondary reading on a primary text could be beneficial in piquing your interesting in a particular aspect of a text and supplying a good starting point. For example, you might want to write on the ''[[Epic of Gilgamesh]]'', but you’re not sure how to begin. You might find that if you do a bit of research first, critical analyses of the text will suggest deficient areas of the wiki’s study guide.


==Annotated Bibliography Entry==
==Study Guides==
===Annotated Bibliography Entry===
An easy way to get started adding to a study guide is be contributing an annotated bibliography entry. Simply, this is using a template to add a secondary resource to a bibliography, followed by a couple of sentences that explain the significance of the resource. Bibliographies are staples of scholarly writing and give researchers a list of resources. Annotated bibliographies should be subpages of the study guides (e.g. ''Odyssey''/Bibliography) and bibliography entries are organized alphabetically by '''author’s last name'''.
An easy way to get started adding to a study guide is be contributing an annotated bibliography entry. Simply, this is using a template to add a secondary resource to a bibliography, followed by a couple of sentences that explain the significance of the resource. Bibliographies are staples of scholarly writing and give researchers a list of resources. Annotated bibliographies should be subpages of the study guides (e.g. ''Odyssey''/Bibliography) and bibliography entries are organized alphabetically by '''author’s last name'''.


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This example is fairly lengthy—most will be half this length. Also note that the writer includes parenthetical citations that reference specific pages for the source, a nice way to help out researchers. Remember, the idea behind an annotated bibliography is to help out researchers as much as possible, so detail and accuracy are paramount.
This example is fairly lengthy—most will be half this length. Also note that the writer includes parenthetical citations that reference specific pages for the source, a nice way to help out researchers. Remember, the idea behind an annotated bibliography is to help out researchers as much as possible, so detail and accuracy are paramount.


==Literary Term==
===Plot Summary===
Summarize the important plot points.
 
===Character Sketch===
Describe the character and their importance to the text. Longer sketches might be their own sub-page of the study guide.
 
===Theme Exploration===
Identify and explain a theme of the text.
 
===Symbol/Metaphor Analysis===
Identify and explain a major symbol or metaphor of the text. This is particularly important in poetry study guides.


==Character Sketch==
===Historical Context===
Research and explain the historical context that influenced the creation of the text. Are there any major events that have an obvious connection? IS the text reacting to current events in some way?


==Theme Explanation==
===Publication History===
When was it published? Where was it published? Are there any interesting stories about its publication?


==Symbol/Metaphor Analysis==
===Writing Style===
Research and discuss the style of the text.


==Historical Context==
===Critical Reception / Legacy===
How did contemporaneous critics react to the text? How is the text important to subsequent works, artists, or society?


==Critical Reaction==
===Content Expansion and Revision===
Nothing is ever perfect. Revise or add to any sections that need it.


==Content Expansion and Revision==
==Literary Term==
Research and define a [[Literary Terms|literary term]] applicable to your course of study.


====Notes====
===Notes===
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