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Source for annotated literary texts.


Hero-Quester Myth 



MLA Style Guide


Practice with Grammar (and Diction)

Grammar Bytes - the best site for grammar and English language exercises that I have seen so far! 

Comma Chameleon is a great game for understanding punctuation in English. If you are having trouble with run-ons (or any punctuation issues), I may assign you this activity.

Diagramming Sentences is a great interactive tool for understanding English syntax (word-order) and subject/verb agreement.

Diagram It! also teaches you how to diagram a sentence (understand English word-order).





Drafting and Revising a Paper

Purdue Owl



Critical Thinking and Analysis


Visual Thinking and Analysis

Other Resources for formal analysis:



Online Writing Techniques


Online Posting


Online tools (for online writing)

  • Survey Monkey - this is a free survey tool that can be embedded or used separately in online presentations/sites. 



Children's Literature Resources:



Articles about race and children's literature:






Smarthinking Student Handbook

Smarthinking_Student_Handbook (2).pdf


As the semester begins I wanted to inform you of our FREE online tutoring services.  This service is available to you 24/7I have included a Smarthinking Student Handbook andSmarthinking Video Tutorial Links for you in case you have any questions about navigating the site.  You can easily access this service by logging in your MyBC account and following the directions below:


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4.      Under “Smarthinking” click on “Click here to connect to Smarthinking”

5.      A system check message may appear but you can scroll down and click on “Click here to continue”


If you have any questions about navigating the system, please refer to the attached Smarthinking Student Handbook.  This is also located on your MyBC account under “FREE Online Tutoring”.  




Bluefield College provides online tutoring in different subject areas for our online students through Smarthinking.   Smarthinking is an online tutoring service designed for students who are taking core academic courses.  A detailed list of subjects and topics covered can be found at Smarthinking.com under Services and Subjects/Subjects. 


Writing Center – 

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Academic Resources

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Elements of Visual Thinking


Other online resources for visual media:


Online resources for visual artifacts:


This page contains all the miscellaneous materials you may need to navigate this Introduction to Fiction. 

Genre Information:


MLA Style Guide: Purdue OWL

  • Epic: a genre of fiction (from the Greek adjective ἐπικός (epikos'pi), from ἔπος (epos) "word, story, poem"[1]). An epic is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily concerning a serious subject containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation.
  • Novel: a long work of prose fiction defined by a complex plot with causation, conflict, response, opposition, and interaction. 
  • Short Story: a compact, concentrated work of narrative fiction that ideally creates a single impression, mood, or idea - often focuses on a single character or single action. 
  • Drama: a play; fiction written for performance on stage by actors.
  • Poetry: literary genre characterized by rhythmical quality of language and compressed treatment of language. 


Literary Terms: 

  • Plot: connected plan or pattern of causation in a narrative (what happens in a text). 
  • Setting: where the plot takes place.
  • Characters: the personalities who act in a narrative (the who in a text).  
  • Freytag Pyramid: graphic illustration of conventional plot progression 


Literary Devices (how literature works)

  • Tone: the techniques and modes of presentation that reveal or create attitude.
  • Narrative Voice: how a story is conveyed (the narrator).
    • Omniscient Narrator: all-knowing voice that articulates a story.
      • The role of the omniscient narrator is to chronicle the events of a story in an impartial way. He or she has full access to the events and dialogue occuring in the narrative, rendering his or her account the most complete and accurate. This all-knowing, all-seeing narrator type jumps from scene to scene, following characters throughout a story and assessing the progress of the narrative. Retrieved from http://narrative.georgetown.edu/wiki/index.php/Omniscient_narrator
    • Unreliable Narrator: story-telling voice that lacks credibility. 
      • The opposite of a reliable narrator, an unreliable narrator typically displays characteristics or tendencies that indicate a lack of credibility or understanding of the story. Whether due to age, mental disability or personal involvement, an unreliable narrator provides the reader with either incomplete or inaccurate information as a result of these conditions. Lack of alignment with the "tastes, judgements, [and] moral sense" (Prince 103) of the implied author is a determining factor in a narrator's unreliability. Most notably done by William Faulkner in his novels, the use of a main character with a mental disability or a skewed perspective is indicative of unreliability as well as the under-developedperspective of a child narrator. 
    • Polyphony: multiple voices (with equal weight). 
  • Diction: the words used in a narrative (diction may be specific and concrete or general and abstract).
  • Syntax: word order and sentence structure.
  • Denotation:what a word means (actual definition).
  • Connotation: the meanings surrounding or associated with a word (what a word implies, especially in context).
  • Metaphorical Language: figure of speech used to enhance understanding or give insight. 
    • Metaphor: (implied) comparison between two things.
    • Simile: comparison of two things with the terms "like" or "as". 
    • Symbolism: a specific word, idea, or object that represents another idea, value, person, or something else. 
  • Theme: the central idea of a work.
  • Imagery: use of images or word pictures in a narrative.
  • Irony: indirection; language that states the opposite of what is intended.
  • Humor: capacity to cause laughter.
  • Motivation: impulse propelling characters in a fictional text.
  • Donnee: literally "given" in French; a set of assumptions on which a work of literature is based.
  • Double Entendre: literally "double meaning"; deliberately ambiguous language or statement, often sexual and usually humorous.



  • Verisimilitude: life-like, true, or plausible style.
  • Hyperbole: exaggeration.
  • Monologue: long speech spoken by a character and directed to self, audience, or an offstage character.
  • Satire: an attack on human follies or vices, usually humorous.
  • Fantasy (the Fantastic): the creation of events that are dreamlike or fantastic  



These definitions are primarily derived from the text Literature


American Literature and History Resources:


Author Information:


Other Miscellaneous Information:

Quest Resources


  • Literary Fiction.docx - A psychology essay about why reading and writing matter.  
  • American Experience - Summary of (stereotypical) life in the 1950s (in the US). 
  • "Primary vs. Secondary Sources" 
  • Mars Hill Audio - audio journal that offers a Christian perspective on the humanities. This is a great resource for anyone who has trouble reading text articles and could be used for one of the secondary resources for the final paper



Other Research Links:  

  • The Nineteenth Century in Print is a Library of Congress online database that has articles and material from the nineteenth century (which may be useful in making arguments/comparisons): http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpcoop/moahtml/snchome.html
  • AUTHOR WEBSITES and SOCIETIES: scholarly websites (created by PROFESSORS or UNIVERSITIES) on YOUR AUTHOR can provide helpful information (OR point you towards good sources for your specific text). See author websites above for examples - these can be found by GOOGLING.
  • PERIOD WEBSITES: scholarly websites on the TIME PERIOD of your novel/short stories can also be VERY HELPFUL (such as Romantic CirclesVictorian Web and Picturing Literary Modernism).  
    • Also consider looking for SCHOLARLY WEBSITES on your THEME or topic (the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS webpage has some great, scholarly links).  
    • There are also periodicals and scholarly websites devoted to YOUR GENRE which may provide you the background information you need to make INSIGHTFUL, CONCRETE comments about your specific text.
  • Nineteenth-Century British Supernatural Fiction: Folklore and the Fantastic (2008) by Jason Marc Harris. 




History Quick Sources




Why the Humanities Matter (from a Psychology standpoint):

Literary Fiction.docx


Other Online Lectures




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