}1 Read your assignment carefully; make sure you understand expectations
}2 Choose secondary sources that support your points - don't look for sources that "solve" your essay
}3 Take notes in a separate document - paraphrase early
}4 You may need to search a broader database such as Academic Search Complete if you don't find what you need in the MLA or Literary Reference Center databases.
}5 Literature searches are a little different. Look at the examples under the books and articles tabs in this guide.
}6 Ask for help as needed :)