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Researching History and Literary Contexts

Regency and Victorian England


Annotated Bib Overview: Five Total Sources

In your annotated bibliography, you will need a total of 5 sources, which will include:

  1. At least four sources on your given “topic” or “motif” as it applies to the Victorian Era

  1. At least one literary criticism about Jane Eyre (this can be connected to your topic/motif, or it can be just a more general article). We will search for these TOGETHER once we complete the novel, so WAIT until you are closer to completing the novel before you search for/read through these, as they will require an understanding of the entire novel. I have a day dedicated to helping you locate and understand what these are: be patient!

For each of your sources, you will write:

1.   One paragraph (5-10 sentences) that summarizes your source.

2.   A second paragraph (3-5 sentences) that explains how/why this source is useful to your research and how it develops/clarifies an understanding of Jane Eyre. NO first person.


Consider Austen’s development of your selected topic in Sense and Sensibility


Formulate a thesis statement that interprets what Austen is trying to express about this particular issue or

topic of discussion in Regency England.

Write at least a five paragraph, four-to-six page research essay that develops your argument and incorporates your research of Regency England.



  • MLA formatting
  • A creative, informative title
  • At least four-to-six pages in length [four Full pages, not 3¼, 3½, or even 3¾!]
  • At least five paragraphs, including an introduction and a conclusion
  • At least two introduced or blended quotations from the novel with correct internal citations
  • At least two introduced or blended quotations from your research with correct internal citations
  • At least three references to three different secondary sources with correct internal citations
  • Beautifully polished grammar and mechanics J
  • No first- and second-person pronouns!
  • A works cited page with at least three secondary sources, plus the one primary source

General reminders

1. All library resources used for this assignment are on reserve.

2. There will be a reserve cart located near the circulation desk in the library.

3. All students working on the assignment can and should help to build the reserve collection.

4. Items on reserve may be checked out overnight only (checked out at the end of the school day and returned before classes begin the next day).

5. Items may be placed on Hold using AccessIt:

a. Go to the Beatrice M. Haggerty Library Team. 

b. Click on the Library Collections channel.

c. Click on the link in the post or the Ursuline Library Catalog tab.

d. Click on the login prompt in the upper right corner and log in via SSO.

e. Search the catalog for the title you would like to place on Hold.

f. Click on the title.

g. Click on the "Make a Hold/Booking" button located on the right side of the pop-up.

h. You will be alerted via email when the item is available for check out.

Suggested Search Terms

Victorian  Great Britain  orphans Education religion  faith
England     Role of men Mental illness dementia Government inheritance laws
Jane Eyre   role of women   religious practices Gothic governess Entertainment
courtship  marriage Family life gypsy economics  Charlotte Bronte

Jane Austen                 Social classes          Regency England                Georgian England                 Patriarchy

Primogeniture               Inheritance               Religion                                Parenting                              Children

Courtship                      Marriage                   Manners                               Etiquette                               Virtue

Character development                                Education of men                 Education of women             Satire

Communication             Letter writing            Entailments                           Professions                          Clergy

The Church                Introvert/Extrovert