English 60 – O’Scanlon

Book Cover: Two Old Women by Velma Wallis

About this guide

This guide provides students with recommended resources for conducting research on topics related to Two Old Women by Velma Wallis, with an emphasis on Athabascan Indians of Alaska.

Use the tabs above to navigate through the pages of the guide.

Your Assignment

Conduct research and give a presentation, alone or with a partner, on a topic relating to the novel Two Old Women..

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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. It is a good idea to write down as many words as you can think of before and during your research. 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.

    Alaska geography
    Alaska history
    Alaska salmon fishing
    Athabascan
    Athapaskan
    Athabaskan
    Ahtna
    Chumash
    Dena’ina
    Eskimo
    Gwich’in (Kutchin)
    Indians of North America Alaska
    Ingalik
    Inuit
    Koyukon
    Native Americans Alaska
    Tanana
    Upper Tanana
    Totem Poles Alaska
    Potlatch

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 Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes R 970.1 M251g v. 3
  • Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume R 970.1 P295e
  • Encyclopedia of Native American Religions R 970.1 H669e 2000
  • Tiller’s Guide to Indian Country R 970.1 T575g

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 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. Test for Evaluating Sources to determine whether the sources you find are credible:

  • Purpose: The reason the information exists. Is the purpose to sell, to entertain, to inform, to teach, or to persuade? Do the authors and publishers/sponsors make their purposes clear? Is this source designed for general readers or academic readers?
  • Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs. Does it relate to your topic? Does it meet the requirements of your assignment? Is it too basic or too advanced?
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness of the information. Is it fact or opinion? Is it biased? Do the authors use strong or emotional language, or leave out important facts or alternative perspectives?
  • Verifiability: The truthfulness and accuracy of the information. Where does the information come from? Can you verify it in other sources? Are there citations or links to other sources? What do experts say about the topic?
  • Expertise: The source of the information. Who are the authors, publishers, or sponsors of the information? Are they experts, or has the information been reviewed by experts? Is it posted on a personal website or blog?
  • Newness: The timeliness of the information. When was the information published or posted? Is it up to date? Is your topic in an area that requires current information (such as technology or current events), or will older sources work as well?

Consider starting with one of the recommended websites below:

About Velma Wallis and Two Old Women

About Alaskan History and Native Peoples

Directories of Credible Information