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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Keywords

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.

    Hurricanes
    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:

Books

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.

Articles

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

Figuring out whether the information you find online is credible enough for college research can be challenging. Use the P.R.O.V.E.N. Source Evaluation Questions to help you determine whether the sources you find are credible:

  • Purpose: How and why the source was created. Is it intended to educate, inform, persuade, sell, or entertain? Do the authors, publishers, or sponsors state this purpose, or try to disguise it? Why was this information published in this particular type of source (book, article, website, blog, etc.)? Is the source designed for the general public, students, or experts?
  • Relevance: The value of the source for your needs. Does the type of source meet your assignment’s requirements? Does the information answer your question, support your argument, or add something to your knowledge of the topic? Is it too general or too specific? Is it too basic or too advanced?
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness and completeness of the information. Do the authors present the information thoroughly and professionally? Is it fact or opinion? Is it biased? Do the authors use strong, emotional, manipulative, or offensive language? Do they leave out, or make fun of, important facts or alternative perspectives?
  • Verifiability: The accuracy and truthfulness of the information. Do the authors support the information they present with strong factual evidence? Do they cite or provide links to other sources? What do experts say about the topic? Can you verify the information in other credible sources? Does the source contradict itself, include false statements, or misrepresent other sources?
  • Expertise: The authority of the creators of the source. What makes the authors, publishers, or sponsors of the source authorities on the topic? Do they have related education, experience, or other expertise? Do they provide an important alternative perspective? Has the source been reviewed in some way, such as by an editor or through peer review?
  • Newness: The age of the information. Is your topic in an area that requires current information (such as science, technology, or current events), or could information found in older sources still be useful? When was the information presented in the source first published or posted? Are newer sources available that would add important information to your understanding of the topic?

For more help locating reliable information online, see the Finding Credible Web Sources research guide.

Recommended Websites

Consider starting with some of the recommended websites below: