How to use the literary databases and books critiquing
On the Rainy River from The Things They Carried / Tim O'Brien
Literary Reference Center, Literature Resource Center
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EXAMPLE: "Things They Carried" (name of work) and Tim O'Brien (author)
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Simple Search: "On the Rainy River"
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Read the Abstract/Summary: Most articles contain one and will give you an overview of the article
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Simple Search: Things They Carried
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Source Types: Literary Criticism, Reviews