Dante's The Divine Comedy: Home

This guide is for ENGL 2332 - Professor Dethloff

About the Assignment

The best library assignments are those that use a variety of resources including books, newspaper and journal articles, Internet sites, and even videos or audiocassettes. We encourage you to use a variety of sources when researching a topic. Books provide some of the best information for literary and historic topics.

 Your LSC Student ID is also your library card (see the back of the card). The library card barcode number allows remote (wi-fi and off-campus) access to the databases. In the databases you will find scholarly articles from literary journals. We hope you will take full advantage of the many resources our libraries offer.

The Assignment

In groups, students will create a digital research guide to Dante's The Divine Comedy. This is an accumulation of scholarly resources and explanation of those resources, as well as a sumary and analysis of the work itself, for students to follow while reading, studying and researching a work of literature. 

Your guide will be broken into these three parts:


Provide a biography of Dante.

Set up the cultural and historical context of his life and work. This established the framework for anyone preparing to read The Divine Comedy.

Summarize The Divine Comedy.

*The sources presented here should be from biographical and historical sources of information, in addition to the poem in your textbook for the summary.


Reveal the major themes of The Divine Comedy and explain their significance.

Describe the structure and style of the epic poem.

*The sources presented here should be literary criticism.

 Conclusion  Comment on the value of The Divine Comedy.

Requirements for the Research Guide:

Your research guide will be composed in MS Word. The file will be submitted to D2L electronically. Only one person in your group will need to upload the file in D2L.  Let Professor Dethloff know who will do this for your group.  The research guide shoud have working pictures/graphics, hyperlinks, audio and/or video - the choice of what to include is up to your group, based upon the guide that you are creating. You should have 10 sources, and 2 must be books

Requirements for the Annotated Bibliography

Your annotated bibliography will be composed in MS Word, in a separate file from your research guide. The file will be submitted to D2L electronically – just like the research guide.  Purdue OWL and Brandon University Library have great examples of how to create an annotated bibliography.

*Your group will have two separate files: one for the research guide and one for the annotated bibliography.

Structure:  Each of your 10 bibliographic entries will begin with the MLA citation of the source.  Beneath that, you will write a 250 word summary of the source.  The sources should be listed alphabetically.  


1. Never rely on a database to cite a source for you when you click the “cite this source” link or any other such tool.  These citations are often incorrect.  The same goes for online citation tools or those within Microsoft products.  It is beneficial to use these tools – within a database or online – to gather the necessary information for the citation.  However, it is always up to you to use your MLA Handbook to compose it and ensure its accuracy.

2. Do not take any information from an abstract that precedes an essay within a literary journal, whether in its entirety or just in parts, when you write your source summary. the summary should come from you only! Otherwise, you are plagiarizing. 


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