English 70 – O’Scanlon – And the Mountains Echoed

Book cover: And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini

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About this Guide

This guide provides students with recommended resources for conducting research on topics related to And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini.

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Your Assignment

Research on a topic related to And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini. Before you start your research, do the online lesson, which includes a 7-minute video introduction to library resources and the library website, and a quiz about the video.

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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.

    Afghanistan description and travel
    Afghanistan history
    Afghanistan politics and government
    Girls’ schools Afghanistan
    Islamic education
    Muslim pilgrims and pilgrimages
    Muslim women
    Women in Islam
    Women Middle East

Print Reference Sources

Reference Books are a good place to begin your research. These resources are available in the Luria Library Reference section.

  • The World Book Encyclopedia — R 031 W927b 2001
  • Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa — R 956 M435e

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.

  • Academic Search Premier
    For articles from periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals) in all subject areas.
  • History Reference Center
    Provides full text of books and periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals) about all time periods of U.S. and World History.
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection
    Provides articles from periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals) on topics such as world religions, religious history, and philosophy.

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?

Recommended Websites

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

How to Cite

When you use ideas or information that came from someone else, it is important to cite your source. Use these resources as guidelines for creating citations: