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FYI102: The Other in Harry Potter (S. McDowell)

Why Scholarly Sources?

Remember that "scholarly sources" have gone through the process of peer review; in other words, they're written by scholars or other experts and have been approved/validated by other experts in the same field of knowledge.


In this assignment, you'll want to use scholarly sources to:

  • provide authoritative background information about the social issue or concern you're exploring
  • investigate expert opinion on how your issue - or a similar issue - is explored in Rowling's Harry Potter texts

Scholarly Sources

Scholarly Background Sources

These databases will allow you to find scholarly information about your social concern or issue. It's very likely that you will not find articles that talk about the issue in the context of Harry Potter; you may need to make those inferences on your own, through your writing, as you connect various sources back to the text.

Scholarly Sources about Harry Potter

"Literary criticism" is a very specific genre of scholarly writing in which academics discuss literary works, their themes, their construction, and their influence on and connectedness to other literature. You can search for academic writing about the Harry Potter novels, and possibly also find examinations of your social concern in connection with the texts.

The following databases focus primarily on literary criticism: