English 103 – Researching Topics in Zeitoun

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About this Guide

This guide provides students with recommended resources for conducting research on topics related to Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Use the tabs to navigate through the pages of the guide.

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Sometimes the words you use to describe a topic are different from the words used by the library catalog and databases. If you have trouble finding information on your topic, ask a librarian for help choosing the best keywords to use in your search. Or, try some of the search words listed below.

    Hurricane Katrina
    Hurricane Katrina – environmental aspects
    Hurricane Katrina – government policy
    Hurricane Katrina – health aspects
    Hurricane Katrina – political aspects
    Hurricane Katrina – social aspects
    Louis Armstrong
    Louisiana geography
    Louisiana geological survey
    Muslims – United States
    Natural disasters – United States
    New Orleans
    Music – Southern states
    Musicians – Louisiana
    Syria – history
    Syria – politics and government

Print Reference Sources

Reference Books are a good place to begin your research. You can take notes, or photocopy pages for ten cents a page. These resources are available in the Luria Library Reference section.

  • The World Book Encyclopedia – R 031 W927b 2001
  • Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History – R 305.697 C978e 2010
  • The Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change: A Complete Visual Guide – R 551.6 F946e 2010

Online Reference Sources

The library also subscribes to some online reference sources. To access these resources from off campus, you will need to log in with your Pipeline account information:


Search the library catalog (books+) for print books and ebooks on your topic. See the Keywords tab above for some words to try in your search.


Use one of the following databases to find articles from periodicals (newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals) about your topic. To access databases from off campus, you will need to log in with your Pipeline username and password.

Evaluating Websites

Finding good websites for college research can be challenging and time-consuming. Be sure to evaluate any websites you find on your own, using the P.R.O.V.E.N. Test for Evaluating Sources:

  • Purpose: The reason the information exists
  • Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness of the information
  • Verifiability: The truthfulness and accuracy of the information
  • Expertise: The source of the information
  • Newness: The timeliness of the information

Consider starting with some of the recommended websites below: