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CMP102 - Composition 2 - Sherf

Researching Story of an Hour

Victorian wedding photo
"Wedding Photo" by Josef Novak is licensed under CC BY-ND 4.0

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin yields the thesis of Victorian housewives being oppressed politically, economically and psychologically. The in-class activity incorporates the analysis, discussion and deconstruction of specific quotes from primary text that is the catalyst of the thesis. And thus,the thesis directs the research and the specific construction of the annotated bibliography.

The secondary sources should reflect aspects of these themes. Using the databases provided on this page, start your research with the terms and ideas discussed in class and listed below. 

Some search terms to consider
Victorian women Marriage Patriarchy
Gender roles Divorce Sexism
Social repression Wife Feminism
Suffrage Social conditioning Identity

The tabs in this box will help you research the themes and topics related to The Story of an Hour

As you search for information about your topic, look at each source you find with these questions in mind:

  • What new information does this source add?
  • What claim does it support?
  • How does it help your focus?
  • What new questions does it raise?
  • Does it lead to any other sources of information that might provide more details or better evidence?

Applying these questions to each source you find will allow you to quickly eliminate unnecessary sources.

Our Kanopy and AVON databases have thousands of videos that are easily searched and accessed.

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picture of an envelopeWhen researching topics for a paper or project, it's important to keep track of the sources you use. The easiest way to do this is to email a source to yourself in the database. This way whenever you come across a source you think you might want to use, you email it and have a record of the source and a way to get the citation when you need it. Most of our databases have an option to email when you're looking at an article, book, or video.

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