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Snodgrass’ book as a reference for our Wikipedia article

Between all the references in Google Books linked to the writer Nora Roberts we can find a book written by Mary Ellen Snodgrass that is absolutely useful for our Wikipedia article since it analyses Nora Roberts’ style and the symbolism of her writing.  Snodgrass provides a plot of summaries of Nora Roberts’ work and tells us about the striking features of her two hundred publications, including regular reissues and editions. This is the main reason for considering  this reference critical for a Wikipedia article about the writer. Snodgrass also tells us about the writer’s life, her work during three decades (the 80s, 90s and 21st century) and the style in which she describes the genre in her books. Moreover, she provides a complete analysis of the relation of the writer with the mass media and the Internet from the page 105 to the page 128 and this is interesting to know her web communication tools and the way she manages information. Apart from this, the book provides different references at the end of its chapter so that the information there is reliable and it is very actual because it was written in 2010.

According to a book written by D. Eric Hirst, knowing if a source is reliable or not is critical for us because it helps us to distinguish true and false facts:

 Judgements of source reliability are important throughout the audit because the inferential value of evidence must always be considered in light of its source.

This book I have chosen was written by Ellen Snodgrass, an award-winning author of textbooks and general reference works, and a former columnist for the Charlotte Observer. She is a book reviewer and she can analyse the book in an outstanding way since she holds degrees in English, Latin, psychology, and education of gifted children. She has the experience of writing and she can analyse the symbology of Nora Roberts’ books because she has written some complex books such as Poetry Skills (E.S.P., 1988) which have some symbols of the same type too. Moreover, she has another book (Women’s Oratory) in which she analyses the striking features of this kind of literature that Nora Roberts writes. Consequently, the background of Snodgrass is perfect to analyse Nora Roberts’ writing, because she is an expert in books about the genre that are full of symbolism. We have chosen Mary Ellen Snodgrass’ Reading Nora Roberts because the information is actual (the book was published in the 2010) and it has references at the end of each chapter. So, this source is not only reliable but very useful because the citation impact of this well-known writer is huge. Furthermore, she has lots of followers due to her 82 works about literature and languages so lots of people take into account what she says.

Apart from this, we have some details in the book that show us how reliable the sources are. We can see some of this details in the first page:

  • Copyright 2010 Mary Ellen Snodgrass. All rights reserved
  • Library of Congress Cataloguing-in-Publication Data
  • Includes bibliographical references and index

All this references used to support Snodgrass’ theories about Nora Roberts show us the writer’s style and writing:

A controlling motif, the retreat of scarred spirits into art and nature, expresses Roberts’ personal veneration of creativity and the wild, traits of her Celtic ancestry.


  1. D. Eric Hirst (Spring 1994). “Auditors’ sensivity to source reliability”. Retrieved 2012.02.25 from The Journal of Accounting Research Vol. 32. N. 1. Spring 1994. Book: http://www.jstor.org/pss/2491390.
  2. Members of Wikipedia (last modified on 25 October 2011 at 18:19). “Mary Ellen Snodgrass”. Retrieved 2012.02.25 from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Ellen_Snodgrass
  3. Carole Cadwalladr (Sunday 14 August 2011). “What happened to the dear old silly season?” .Retrieved 2012.02.25 from The Observer
  4. Mary Ellen Snodgrass (2010). “Reading Nora Roberts”. Retrieved 2012.02.24 from Google books: This article is interesting because it analyses not only Nora Roberts’ biography but also her relationship with the mass media. Apart from that it explains the simbology of her books and it is absolutely useful for our article since it gives relevant information about the writter.
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