English 70 – Russell-Hardin
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This guide provides students with recommended resources for conducting research on topics related to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
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Conduct research, write a literary review, and give a presentation on a topic relating to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian..
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If you need more help with research, ask a librarian! Stop by the Reference Desk, or contact a librarian by phone, text, or chat for more help. Find our contact information on the right side of this page.
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.
Indians of North America
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.
- Native Americans R 970.1 P261n v. 2
- 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 070.1 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:
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.
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 (journals, magazines, and newspapers) in all subject areas.
- America History and Life For articles and books about the history and culture of the United States and Canada.
- History Reference Center For articles about U.S. and world history, from reference books and periodicals.
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?